International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth & Building Zones of Peace
Sylvia C. Frain
14-20 November is the 2nd International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth where youth groups and activists from different countries will be taking actions against the many ways militaries engage with the young and militarise our public spaces. Launched last year by War Resisters’ International, the event works to create a global action to demilitarize spaces of learning.
Join us this November and stand against the militarisation of youth with many others all around the world. Your voice, your nonviolent actions and events will contribute to our growing international movement!
See Inspiration for Resistance to learn more!
Create a “Zone of Peace” at your school!
During the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of
Youth, peace researchers, scholars and students would like to encourage others across the world to think about their sites of learning and what they would like to experience there. While changing nation-states foreign policies and military budgets may seem beyond our control, creating nonviolent spaces for learning is not!
Zone of Peace/ Taunga o Rongo
In April 2014, Professor Ed Garcia, from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, visited the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, located on the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand in Dunedin. With his inspiration and vision, students and faculty beganthe process in creating a Zone of Peace/ Taunga o Rongo around the Peace Centre’s offices. This zone includes the entire block of Castle Street, the main street leading to the campus of the University of Otago.
After much discussion, organisation and planning from staff andstudents, the Zone of Peace/ Taunga o Rongo was launch 1 August2014. Friends, partners and others joined in for the festivities,including speeches, food and live music by The Castle Blues Symposium.
Three goals we agree to pursue:
- Promoting a sustainable environment.
- Developing and maintaining non-violent interactions.
- Developing and giving support to this neighbourhood.
The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the Universityof Otago encourages other places of learning, higher education institutions and youth centres around the world to create their own Zones of Peace that are culturally relevant, have purpose and meaning to the students and represents the type of environment that we want for our youth and our communities.
Please feel free to contact Sylvia Frain (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information or ideas in launching your own Zone of Peace!