XIII World Congress 2003
Education for Peace:
The Best Investment for Future Generations


Nina Lynn Meyerhof - USA








Nina Lynn Meyerhof, Ed.D. has made a career of advocating for children locally and globally. She has served over fifteen years as a public school administrator in Vermont. Dr. Meyerhof has two Master of Arts degrees, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies and holds a Doctorate in Educational Policy, Research, and Administration. The co-author of Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom, she is recognized as an innovative educator committed to global responsibility through authentic learning.

Dr. Meyerhof established Children of the Earth, a UN-NGO recognized organization that gives focus to the potential of the United Nations and the voice of youth. For over twenty years she operated and owned a Center at which she gathered young people from around the world to live and act as a global community committed to the well being of all of life.

For the past twenty years, Dr. Meyerhof has also served as educational coordinator and consultant for many international conferences and programs in countries such as Japan,,Nepal, India, ,Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Peru. Bolivia, Costa Rica, China Sweden, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and all of Europe. A goal has been to network with other educators to further peaceful cooperation that empowers young people and places them at the focal point of education. She has initiated many global curriculums that further peace, ethics multi-cultural understanding, and democratic life skills for a sustainable world,

This year, working closely with a representative of the United Nation's Department of Children and Armed Conflict and a spiritual leader and Chief of Aburi, Ghana, Dr. Meyerhof developed and conducted an International Youth Leadership Program in Ghana. This global program focused on issues and their solutions with committed actions with the intent towards establishing the first sustainable Children’s Peace Center in Ghana.

Dr. Meyerhof has now completed working on a We The People's Summit for Peace. highlighting Congressman Kucinich’s Bill as well as the universal principles found within the Earth Charter. Her next steps include developing a model that extends the conceptual understanding of peace further into the minds of all people.

Nina Lynn Meyerhof, Ed.D.
Children of the Earth

Vermont Peace Academy

As a result of the “ We The People’s Peace Summit” individuals, NGO’s and two institutions in Central Vermont – Woodbury College and Goddard College - plan to form a consortium to create the first United States Peace Academy based on the concept of the formulation of a Dept of Peace. This is a proposed institution dedicated to preparing youth and adults in all walks of life with the peace-making skills and peace-building knowledge necessary to be successful peacemakers in their personal lives, in their local communities and for the world at large. This Academy will work within Vermont to incorporate peace-being training into the educational system and the community development work that is done.  It will also serve as a clearinghouse for programs and educational opportunities offered through a wide variety of non-profit organizations and educational institutions throughout the state.  It will also offer programs to communities and organizations outside of Vermont, both nationally and internationally, to share our experience and learn from others.

A core group of individuals are in the process of structuring and defining the questions that need to be addressed to establish the Peace Academy. They are considering:

1) To define the terms of the consortium among the core group of institutions, including the type of educational programs and degrees to be offered, the credits to be shared among the schools, colleges and universities, and the tuition arrangements for consortium course offerings.
2) To develop curriculum materials for the institutions and programs involved.
3) To incorporate the peace training available from the Academy into the Vermont Framework of Standards, and to work with the Vermont Department of Education and the elementary and secondary schools in the state to offer the training throughout the system.
4) To raise sufficient funds to make the Peace Academy possible. 
It will be established as a separate 501(c)(3) organization, the purpose of which is to provide staff support to the consortium and to the organizations and schools involved in the Academy.

The Vermont Peace Academy was inspired by two major initiatives.  Congressman Dennis Kucinich has proposed legislation at the federal level to create a Department of Peace, which includes a provision for a Peace Academy. According to the legislation, the Peace Academy will bring the ethic of peace into practice by developing educational curricula that promote peaceful values, by training people in communicative peace skills, nonviolent conflict resolution skills, innovative neighborhood strategies that build peace, human rights, and social and cultural diversity.

At the same time, an international effort has been underway to create and promote the Earth Charter, the first treaty in history to be drafted by the people, instead of a governmental body.  Thousands of people in 51 countries have contributed their ideas, including indigenous people, religious leaders, business leaders, and the NGO community.  The Earth Charter offers a vision for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world that is based on four key principles:  1) respect and care for the community of life, 2) social and economic justice, 3) ecological integrity, and 4) democracy, non-violence, and peace.  The Earth Charter can help form the basis for the Vermont Peace Academy by guiding the types of programs and curriculum to be developed – all of the principles included in the Earth Charter can serve as a basis for further education.