peace within ourselves and in our world is the most important thing we can do”.
Never before has it been so
essential to provide the foundation and tools for building peace in our world
today as a basis for a healthy democracy. Conflict and violence undermine the
very core of a healthy society. Building the foundation for a culture of peace
requires essential life skills that are not provided in the school system or in
our communities. The Institute for Peacebuilding (IPB)
offers an array of programs and initiatives by two very skilled and experienced
The mission of the Institute for PeaceBuilding is fourfold: 1) To research and facilitate nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflict, 2) To provide an understanding and experience of conflict resolution tools in schools and communities through resources, curriculum, teacher training, assemblies, community courses and parent training, 3) To mentor, consult and advise individuals and organizations in peaceful resolution of conflict, and 4) To collaborate with other organizations, including the UN, in programs, writing, and teaching to further the field of conflict resolution.
A) Courses and Tele-Courses: IPB offers a wide range of courses for Universities, Community and Private Colleges, and the public, and is developing tele-courses.
B) School Assemblies: IPB offers assemblies to provide a
captivating, innovative approach to instilling valuable peace tools and
practices for schools. Assemblies include music, drumming, interactive
role-plays, and a range of practical tools.
C) Teacher Training: These workshops offer practical
skills useable in the classroom and on the playground for dealing with conflict
and creating a harmonious classroom.
D) Curriculum Development: IPB is developing curriculum for the appropriate age level, and ways to incorporate it into different course material.
IPB offers a range of structured, experiential trainings, ranging from 3 hours to multiple days. The goal is to provide practical peacebuilding tools and skills in an experiential and innovative forum that will have applicability in participant’s lives.
IPB offers training geared for women, including communication, conflict resolution, leadership and other skills to encourage women’s voices to be heard.
4) International Conflict
Our multi-cultural background and wide diversity of skills enables us to effectively offer mediation and conflict resolution internationally, building a foundation for peace.
IPB offers consulting to organizations to resolve conflict, enhance communication and build effective teams, as well as build a foundation of trust and respect.
IPB mentors youth in peace
leadership skills through training and coaching, particularly focusing on ways
to empower girls into leadership.
on Peacebuilding Tools and Stories
IPB has published several books, articles, and guides for teachers, including Essential Tools for Peaceful Living, a guide for educators, leaders, practitioners and parents, is available here.
The book: Healing the Heart of the World, is available here.
9) International conferences
asked to speak and lead trainings at international conferences, including
United Nations, peacebuilding, and conferences focusing on women.
Co-Founders and Co-Directors Masankho Banda and Kimberly Weichel have done peacebuilding work in Africa, Europe, the former Soviet Union, United States and with the United Nations. They are educators, social pioneers, trainers and authors. Their passion is to instill a new generation of peacebuilders, and to build the foundation for a culture of peace.
Masankho was awarded the Unsung Hero of
Compassion Award by the Dalai Lama for his global Peace and justice work. A
native of Malawi, Masankho uses his talents as a dancer, storyteller and healer
to encourage cross-cultural understanding.
Kimberly has directed many international
projects with the United Nations and other international agencies, including
five years working for change in South Africa under apartheid, and five years
fostering citizen diplomacy with Russia. She is a cross-cultural and conflict
resolution trainer, author, and is the UN and Global Affairs Correspondent for
the cable TV show, Positive Spin.
IPB is an
initiative of Pathways To Peace, www.pathwaystopeace.org. (see below).
Pathways To Peace
Pathways To Peace, PTP, an international peace building,
educational and consulting organization, has been at the forefront of Peace
building innovation and leadership since 1983.
The mission of PTP is threefold:
• To expand the understanding, awareness and expression of "PEACE"
• To build Cultures of Peace through education, consulting, mentoring and enhancing the strengths of existing organizations along eight paths to peace
• To contribute to the evolving mission of the United Nations and to citizens' worldwide participation of the International Day of Peace.
Current projects include:
• "WE THE PEOPLE'S
Initiative", a network of over 200 multicultural peace building organizations around the world that are working to make peace a practical reality. PTP is the international secretariat.
The International Day of Peace, September 21, provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. Established in 1981 by a United Nations Resolution, it is used annually to highlight the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World 2001-2010.
• A mentoring program to provide young people with peace leadership skills. For more details, please see www.pathwaystopeace.org