BEING IN PEACE Program works with teachers and students at a public high school since 2012. Teachers are trained as Peace Culture mentors, applying inner peace and non-violence concepts, breathing and concentration mindfulness meditation techniques, providing students with greater ease in learning, non-violent conflict resolution capacity, relaxation and emotional balance. Thus, the program creates a sustainable and peaceful inner and outer environment for each individual and school as a whole.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In this low-income community, where violence and crime are the norm, the youth must cope with high stress levels from difficult homes and environments. As a result, teachers struggle to instruct students who are, in general, unable to concentrate and are prone to violent behavior, such as fighting, sexual violence, use of weapons or depredation. This jeopardizes learning, teaching quality, and social relations; teachers work without motivation, feelings of angst and have difficulty concentrating
How will this project solve this problem?
Applying the BEING IN PEACE program for 80 teachers and 1000 students. Neuroscience studies have shown that when mind and body are calm and when there is greater breath awareness, learning is made easier, there is greater emotional balance, concentration, attention, skill and better collaborative working relationships. School stress, in-school violence, and absenteeism are reduced, therefore improving students' graduation rates and test scores, enlivening their creativity and readiness to learn.
Potential Long Term Impact
It is our goal to offer students an easy and efficient method to access the calm, intelligent, kind and creative person present within themselves, in order to cultivate inner peace; to foster the end of violence as a commonplace means for conflict resolution; collaborative and supportive teachers and students and healthy social relationships; students more willing to study, higher concentration and physical and emotional balance; to promote a peace school, peace family and peace community.
Total Funding Received to Date: $12,171
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $7,779
Total Funding Goal: $19,950