Dear Reader,

In February, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation launched the Coventry Peace Award hosted by the Lord Mayor and with presentations about the award to a number of teachers.

We also created the Peace Award Website which has news updates and links to resources for introducing peace into schools and the curriculum.

More information about this below, plus other peace and reconciliation related news and events in Coventry and the wider world.

Please do let us know of any peace-related news or activities happening in or near Coventry and we will be happy to add them to our website http://coventrycityofpeace.uk and include them in a future edition of this newsletter.

Philip Brown
Chair, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

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Launch of Coventry Peace Award

On 11 November the Peace Award Steering Group launched Coventry Peace Award in the presence of the Lord Mayor and over 40 teachers. See below for the ideas recorded during the event. The following ideas were raised during the launch of the Coventry Peace Awards. What does peace in your school look like? Peace garden (new), Mindfulness (golden mile), Yoga, …

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Peace Partners Peace Education Programme

Peace Partners Peace Education Programme

The Peace Education Programme (PEP) is a media-based educational programme, created by The Prem Rawat Foundation. The purpose is to help participants explore the possibility of personal peace and discover inner resources - innate tools for living such as inner strength. The Programme consists of 10 hours of workshop material focused on a selection of core themes from Prem Rawat’s …

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This is Coventry: A Book of Trails

Coventry’s City of Culture have published a 32 page booklet to promote the city’s heritage and culture. The document contains: Coventry Uncovered: Blue Badge Guide Roger Bailey’s trail of the interesting and strange features of the city centre. If medieval walls could talk: Medieval Coventry’s trail around the city’s medieval masterpieces. The best in 20th Century Architecture Industry – the …

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Restorative Justice Videos

Restorative Justice Videos

There are many videos dealing with Restorative Justice (RJ) on the Internet. Here we list some useful ones by topic. The RJ Process Giving victims a voice - Ministry of Justice video Restorative justice - Everything you need to know A victim's guide to restorative justice RJ Conferences A Restorative Justice Meeting (Short Version) A Restorative Justice Meeting (Longer Version) …

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Rising Cafe to close

The Rising Cafe within Coventry Cathedral will close for renovations from 1 March 2020 until an unspecified date in 2021. The cafe staff said "We will sadly miss all of you the rest of 2020... But PLEASE be sure to stop in for a coffee, cake or lunch on or before our last trading day of Saturday, 29 February. PLEASE …

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Restorative Justice in Schools

Restorative Justice in Schools

The lead for the new Coventry Restorative Justice (RJ) service, Claire Elwell, is keen to engage with schools to offer RJ for issues within schools such as bullying, and also,  to recruit RJ Ambassadors who, working with the Coventry RJ Forum, will help to inform children and parents about RJ. Engaging with RJ will count towards a school’s accreditation for …

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Schools of Sanctuary

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety. A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its …

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Cardinal Newman Peace Charter

Cardinal Newman Peace Charter

The following is a Peace Charter produced by the pupils Cardinal Newman Catholic School. Other schools could produce their own charters.

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

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Warwick Technology and Peace Conference

Student/Young Pugwash UK are organising a conference on 7 March at Warwick University entitled Warwick Technology and Peace Conference. It will be a multidisciplinary conference about the risks posed by emerging technologies, as well as political and technical solutions to control them. There'll be workshops on autonomous weapons ('killer robots') and the campaign against them; the impact of emerging technologies …

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Peace-Informed Trauma Aware pilot training course

Peace-Informed Trauma Aware pilot training course

On 9 March, Peacemakers will run a training course exploring how restorative practices (RP) can be trauma informed practices. A warm and informed group are sought to explore how me might incorporate new research around trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES) to develop our restorative practice, specifically in education settings. Friends of Peacemakers who have substantial experience of RP in …

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Nuclear Disarmament Debate

Nuclear Disarmament Debate

On 12 March the United Nations Association Coventry Branch hosts a free, public debate in Coventry Council house on the important question of nuclear disarmament. Almost all nations of the world adhere to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which aims to: prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology; to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses …

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FREE INSET. Youth violence: What can schools do?

FREE INSET. Youth violence: What can schools do?

On 12 March Peacemakers will run an INSET course addressing violence in schools including knife crime. “No single agency, including schools, can solve knife crime on its own. But there are some areas of focus for schools and wider agencies individually, and together, that can be tightened to keep children and young people safer.” OFSTED 2019 Knife crime is just …

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The Climate Emergency – Unpacking the Headlines. Workshop for Junior Peacemakers

The Climate Emergency – Unpacking the Headlines. Workshop for Junior Peacemakers

Two workshops are being held on Monday 16 March and Monday 30th March 2020 Together we will look at the headlines and different views around climate to understand why Climate Change is now being called a Climate Emergency. We will take some time to step back and focus on how we are affected by the headlines and how they affect …

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1 day Introduction to Restorative Approaches in Schools

1 day Introduction to Restorative Approaches in Schools

Peacemakers is running an introductory course to share the basics of what is meant by a restorative way of working in school. A restorative approach offers an alternative way of addressing discipline and behavioural issues and offers a consistent framework for responding to these issues. The aim of this training is to contribute to the building of a strong, mutually …

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International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

United Nations General Assembly has designated 7 April as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, recalling that Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed. This date marks the start of the 1994 genocide. Every year, on or around that date, the United Nations organizes commemorative events at its Headquarters in …

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CPD on Teaching Controversial Issues

CPD on Teaching Controversial Issues

This CPD session explores what makes an issue controversial and supports participants by providing tools and information needed to teach abo Aim of the session: • How schools can provide safe spaces for their young people to discuss openly issues that concern them • Teaching strategies that promote open respectful dialogue including questioning techniques to open up safe debate Impact: …

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CPD on Coventry City Centre Peace Trail

CPD on Coventry City Centre Peace Trail

An introduction to the use of Coventry City Centre Peace Trail in teaching about peace. Coventry’s willingness to set the past aside after the second world war and hold out the hand of friendship has given it an international reputation as a City of Peace and Reconciliation. This booklet, produced by Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation, provides …

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International Day of Living Together in Peace

The UN General Assembly recognised 16 May as the International Day of Living Together in Peace in 2017. The adoption of this day was the result of efforts by International Alawiyya Sufi Association (AISA International). Background to their work can be found here. Their mission is “to create a worldwide movement in favor of an awareness that a fraternal bond …

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International Day of UN Peacekeepers

The General Assembly of the United Nations has designated 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. This is the date when in 1948 the first UN peacekeeping mission named the "United Nations Truce Supervision Organization", or UNTSO, began operations in Palestine. On this day, we pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and courage of all the men …

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3 Day Accredited Restorative Practitioner training (Schools) 2020

3 Day Accredited Restorative Practitioner training (Schools) 2020

What is a Restorative Approach? A restorative approach offers schools an alternative way of addressing discipline and behavioural issues and offers a consistent framework for responding to these issues. The aim of this training is to contribute to the building of a strong, mutually respectful, safe, inclusive and peaceful school community. This course provides intensive, interactive facilitator training, focusing on …

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Refugee Week 2020

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to …

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Jai Jagat Global Peace March 2020

Jai Jagat is a campaign to promote Gandhi's message of non-violence. Its name means "the victory of the World" in Hindi. Their main aims are Eradicating Poverty Eliminating Social Exclusion Ameliorating the Climate Crisis Halting Conflict and Violence In 2020 they will be organising a "Global Peace March 2020" whose aim includes raising awareness of climate justice. Some people will …

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International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access …

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Ruined and Rebuilt

This classic book is on sale now in hardback or paperback and would make an ideal and unique gift. On the night of 14 November 1940, Reverend Richard Howard, Provost of Coventry Cathedral, was one of four firefighters who climbed onto the roof to smother with sand the incendiary bombs that were landing not just on the Cathedral but starting …

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For their generous support, the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation expresses our thanks to the Lord Mayor's Office and Coventry City Council. We also thank Coventry Cathedral, Coventry University and Warwick University for their support and assistance.