World Peace Conference Brings Youths into Plans for the Future

Posted: June 6, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Powerful tools for peacemaking in schools is one theme of the upcoming conflict resolution conference at George Mason University. The tenth biennial conference, Just Peace Training Institute and Summit, sponsored by the National Conference on Peace and Conflict Resolution, includes the World Summit for Youth Peacemakers and the Gathering of African American Peacemakers.

High school and college students from around the globe and across the country will make up a portion of the 800 to 1,000 participants and presenters expected to fill the university’s halls from June 7 to 10. At least 25 countries, including Nigeria, Ecuador, the Ukraine, Canada, and Spain, will be represented. Some sessions will be in Spanish.

Within the conference is a two-day K-12 Conflict Resolution Education Institute, “Powerful Tools for Powerful Peacemaking in Schools.” Victor LeCerva, public health official and author of practical guides for reducing violence at home, school, and communities, will speak at the Friday breakfast. Presenters from Washington, D.C., to Guam will discuss approaches to keeping schools safe. The Fairfax County Public Schools system will bring a delegation of teachers and students to the conference.

Other speakers include Randall Robinson, founder of TransAfrica; and veteran civil rights activists Reverend C.T. Vivian and Bernard LaFayette Jr.

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