Hope in hiroshima - peace education immersion opportunity
My inspiration to create Hope in the Heart, back in 2012, came from a life-changing visit to the unique and beautiful city of Hiroshima, in Japan. I went back the following year to spend more time in Hiroshima and meet some of the inspirational survivors of the atomic bombing and other citizens who had united to transform the site of the worst violence humanity had every known into a community dedicated to peace and reconciliation. My development of the AccepTTranscend Model for Transformation was also inpsired by these visits, and Hiroshima's awe-inspiring example of hope and transcendence against all odds
In June this year, I am very excited to be returning again to Hiroshima, where Hope in the Heart will be working in partnership with the prefecture's Peace Culture Village and US-based University of the Middle East Project's Oleander Initiative which "gathers educators from communities around the world to work together and transform the lessons of Hiroshima into relevant and impactful peace education activities for their students".
This pilot project is partially funded by the Sasakowa Foundation, and offers a highly-subsidised week-long immersion in the world-class culture of peace and reconciliation modelled by Hiroshima since the atomic bombing of 1945.
A small group of educators from further, higher, adult and/or community education in the UK will take part in the programme. Each will be asked to contribute only £800 towards international travel and travel within Japan, accommodation at Hiroshima's urban World Friendship Centre and rural Peace Culture Village, all meals, tuition, speakers and visits to places of historical and cultural significance. Places are very limited and we are seeking participants who are keen to help us develop a successful programme for future years, and to use the remarkable lessons they learn in Hiroshima to inform their work back in the UK.
The programme will take place from 23rd to 29th June and participants will be free to arrange their own travel (with costs of up to £1,100 reimbursed) to include an extended stay in Japan if they wish.
Participants will be expected to incorporate what they have learned from the unique history of peace, reconciliation, conflict resolution and mutual understanding modelled by Hiroshima in their teaching practice after the programme.
Further details and a copy of the application form are here. You can copy and paste the application into a word doc and send to email@example.com. Alternatively contact me at that address and I will email you the form. All applications must be returned to me by 5th April.