Teachers without Borders

While surfing the internet on Peace Education programs, I came across Teachers without Borders.  I began to read what this program was about and I was instantly intrigued.  The first thing that caught my eye on the website was the quote “helping teachers promote peace in their classrooms and communities.”  Teachers without Borders is a program that focuses on getting peace education into classrooms all around the world.

The mission of Teachers without Borders is “Teachers without Borders connects teachers to information and each other to create local change on a global scale.”

Teachers without Borders is directed at educators and is a program that can be utilized within the classroom. The site has an entire page dedicated to teacher programs and can be found here: http://teacherswithoutborders.org/programs/teacher-programs

I think that this program can be implemented by teachers in schools because if they read up on and follow the techniques talked about on the website they could use it and make drastic changes.  I think the first step in peace education is getting more teachers on board and exposing them to what peace education is all about.  The more willing educators are to expose themselves and their students to peace education the easier it will become to spread peace not only in local communities, but communities around the world.

There are so many resources that this program has to offer!  http://teacherswithoutborders.org/resources#

Not only would teachers benefit from this program, but students would too!  The students can discover new knowledge and skills through Teachers without Borders, and although it may take a little more time it would be well worth it because they’re developing new techniques.  Aside from Teachers without Borders being for educators and students there is also a need for volunteers which are just as important.

There are so many programs right in front of educators, so why isn’t Peace Education a more prevalent subject?  For any educators or students that come across this blog, check out http://teacherswithoutborders.org/ now!

Check out this video about Teachers without Borders! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg9lnE8Buy4

Calling all Educators! Challenge yourself to a Challenge Day!

I had only ever seen “Challenge Day” on MTV, but after participating in a Challenge Day activity I wanted to read more into the program and see what it has to offer young people in the public school education system.  I went online to the official Challenge Day website and read up on the program and how it is actually implemented.  http://www.challengeday.org/index.php

Does something like Challenge Day really work to bring peace awareness and education to youth?  I found the answer to this question to simply be, yes it does.  I had never thought something such as a Challenge Day or even one of the activities from it would have an effect on me or allow me to open up to my peers so they could genuinely understand who I was.  Then again, you never know what you are personally capable of until you allow yourself to move outside of your comfort zone and discover yourself.

Challenge Day is best suited for young adults starting at the middle school age and can be used from there on up, in my opinion.  One thing I do believe for Challenge Day to be effective is that the people participating have to be able to understand their emotions.  A reason I don’t think Challenge Day would have as much of an impact on young elementary aged children is because they may not be as developed  in comprehending and expressing their emotions.  Challenge Day goes through a series of activities that allows students who have never talked to one another to share stories, laughter, and a range of emotions throughout the day.  These activities can sometimes start out as weird or uncomfortable because you never know how deep someone will actually go, but the end results are so amazing!

I believe every middle school, high school, and even college level professor should implement at least one challenge day during the semester because of how much time it requires.  It does take 6.5 hours at least, so the professors would have to set aside an entire day to successfully complete Challenge Day.  Here is how it works:  http://www.challengeday.org/how-challenge-day-works.php. 

So here is what I’m going to do…I’m going to challenge teachers that come across this blog to plan and execute a Challenge Day with their schools, whether it’s this year or next year.  I never thought I’d be a believer of the phenomenon “Challenge Day” that was aired on MTV, but it does work.  It gives students the chance to dive into a form of Peace Education that doesn’t require reading books and articles, but gives them the first hand experience in seeing peace at work and them being the peacemakers.

I really wish that Challenge Day existed when I was in middle school and high school.  It is something I strongly believe should be implemented into the public school educational system.  I believe it can bring change and help develop peace education and conflict resolution techniques at an early age.

Here are research and evaluations about Challenge Day from the website: http://www.challengeday.org/challenge-day-evaluations-research.php

Here are some articles about schools and Challenge Day:

http://gilroy.patch.com/articles/gilroy-high-school-to-challenge-day-on-wednesday

http://perkiomenvalley.patch.com/articles/challenge-day-returns-to-perkiomen-valley-high-school