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 Childrenís Peace Center in Ghana.

Dr. Meyerhof has now completed working on a We The People's Summit for Peace. highlighting Congressman Kucinichís 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.


Positive Side Effects in EDUCATION

Education needs to be for building character. The classroom is the microcosm of society. If children are to learn about their own behaviorís impact on their peers then they must take into consideration positive side effects. Each behavior has a ripple effect. Cause and effect govern behaviors that do not reflect on intent. Thus, the teacher is the leader in recognizing that every interaction has impact on the greater whole. Education builds culture and if we are to have a Culture of Peace then we must begin to educate for peace.