International Association of Educators for World Peace

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Template:Infobox accounting body The International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) is a nongovernmental organization and engaged in the promotion of peace education[1]

Founded in 1970 in Oslo, Norway, now under the leadership of Charles Mercieca,[2] a native of Malta who was on the faculty of Alabama A&M University.[3] in the presence of the Representatives of more than 55 countries.[4]

The organization operates with these rules of 3 Zs: Zero Politics, Zero Bureaucracy, and Zero Budget.[5]

Philosophy

The International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) urges the creation of a new breed of scientists, philosophers, parents, students, all educators, and especially leaders who are inspired with the vision of restoring world peace. IAEWP's purpose is to contribute to the improvement of man’s ability to live at peace, to educate world citizens for peaceful co-existence and cooperation so that all people may have free access to the achievement of science and civilization.[6]

Contributions

The IAEWP is a non-profit organization established to realize peace through education of its citizens. Its purpose includes an educative strategy to accomplish the world peace. The goals of this organization for the world peace include the mutual understanding of international countries through education, promotion of the world peace, protection of the environment, protection of human rights, promotion of positive development of human resources, and disarmament.[7]

History

  • 1967 - Dr. Charles Mercieca, professor of philosophy and political science in Huntsville, Alabama, discusses in several Latin American Universities ways to bring unity between the people of North and South America.[8]
  • 1968 - Dr. Charles Mercieca embarks on a world-wide lecturing tour across every continent to explore the teachers' interest in the promotion of the international understanding and world peace through education.[9]
  • 1969 - A conference for world educators takes place in Huntsville, Alabama which is followed by the official establishment of the International Association of Educators for World Peace which becomes incorporated by the State of Alabama shortly afterwards.[10]
  • 1970 - A Founding Session takes place in Oslo, Norway, where the organization's charter and bi-laws are ratified. The same year the US Department of Treasury rules that the International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) "is tax exempt for Federal income Tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code."[11]
  • 1971 - A European convention takes place in London, England and specifies that the major goals of IAEWP may be summarized as follows: 1) promotion of international understanding and world peace through education; 2) protection of the environment from any form of pollution; 3) safeguard of human rights; 4) diffusion of world-wide disarmament; 5) development of human resources merely for positive and constructive purposes.[12]
  • 1972 - Continental Conventions take place in Chicago for North and South America, in Odense for European countries, and in Bangkok for Asian nations, the proceedings of which were printed in book-form and widely circulated.[13]
  • 1973 - A General Chapter meeting takes place in Huntsville, Alabama in preparation for the IAEWP First World Congress the following year on the topic: Peace Education Studies.[14]
  • 1974 - The IAEWP First World Congress takes place in Bucharest, Romania which is attended by over 800 participants from around the world.[15]
  • 1975 - A Continental Convention for the African nations takes place in Iperu Remo, Nigeria to discuss the various problems facing Africa with a focus on world hunger and housing facilities.[16]
  • 1976 - A Second Continental Convention for the continent of Asia takes place in Sendai, Japan the proceedings of which were printed. The focus is made on Education of Minorities.[17]
  • 1977 - The Association, in conjunction with NASA officials, celebrates in Huntsville, Alabama the US the twentieth anniversary in peace space venture through a national convention.[18]
  • 1978 - The IAEWP Second World Congress takes place in Varanasi, India which brings over 500 participants from various continents.[19]
  • 1979 - The Association participates in an international conference on World Government in Colombo, Sri Lanka to explore ways of bringing about a permanent peace in the world.[20]
  • 1980 - A Continental Convention for Latin American nations took place in Bogota, Colombia. During this same year the Association participates in a UN conference in Caracas, Venezuela on Crime Prevention Strategies.[21]
  • 1981 - A Continental Convention takes place in Accra, Ghana for the African nations, which is attended mostly by western African countries to help solve the problem of World Hunger.[22]
  • 1982 - The IAEWP Third World Congress takes place in Washington DC which sets up Peace Education Programs for insertion in school curricula at both the elementary and secondary level on both the national and international scale.[23]
  • 1983 - A Continental Convention takes place in Odense, Denmark the proceedings of which are published and widely distributed in selected universities of various continents. The focus is made on Varieties of Peace Education.[24]
  • 1984 - A National Conference is organized in India which brings educators together from al Indian States. The focus is made on Adequate Nourishment and Mental Health.[25]
  • 1985 - A General Chapter meeting takes place in Huntsville, Alabama to prepare for the IAEWP Fourth World Congress the following year.[26]
  • 1986 - The IAEWP Fourth World Congress takes place in Innsbruck, Austria with several participants coming from Eastern European countries. The future collapse of the communist system is foreseen coming through peaceful means.[27]
  • 1987 - National Conventions take place in several countries like Nigeria, India, Romania, and the United States. The UN Secretary General, on behalf of the UN General assembly designates the International Association of Educators for World Peace as Peace Messenger of the World.[28]
  • 1988 -The concept of Peace Education Pilot Schools Project, which initiated successfully in Romania in the early seventies, is promoted by IAEWP members in several countries.[29]
  • 1989 - Several Chinese in the People's Republic of China become interested in the Association and search for ways to promote prosperity in China through democratic means. Discussions are held, in this regard, in Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing.[30]
  • 1990 - The IAEWP Fifth World Congress takes place in Seoul, Korea in conjunction with the World Fellowship of Buddhists' conference. A delegation is sent to Panama, El Salvador and Guatemala to explore implementing the peace education pilot schools project there.[31]
  • 1991 - High officials of the government in El Salvador discuss with IAEWP officials the implementation of the Peace Education Pilot Schools Project in Central America.[32]
  • 1992 - The IAEWP Sixth World Congress takes place in Malta, the country where US President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev discussed disarmament and peace.[33]
  • 1993 - Dr. Charles Mercieca, Executive Vice President, spends six months in Russia to implement the Peace Education Pilot Schools Project in the foreseeable future.[34]
  • 1994 - IAEWP Seventh World Congress takes place in St. Petersburg, to help bring about needed educational reforms in an effort to create a twenty first century peaceful society.[35]
  • 1995 - Several national conventions take place in various countries following the example of India to improve and promote peace education projects and programs everywhere.[36]
  • 1996 - IAEWP Eight World Congress takes place in Split, Croatia to set groundwork for a twenty first century society that may be characterized by peace, prosperity and stability.[37]
  • 1997 - IAEWP Eurasian Peace Conference takes place in Turkey to enable institutions of learning at every level of education to use such institutions as instruments to world peace.[38]
  • 1998 - IAEWP Ninth World Congress takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil to provide guidelines to the United Nations for the successful implementation of the United Nations peaceful objectives on a global scale.[39]
  • 1999 – A National Convention takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which brought several participants from overseas for purpose of celebrating together the transition from the 20th to the 21st century.[40]
  • 2000 – IAEWP Tenth World Congress takes place in London, United Kingdom, which brought several organizations together including the Women’s Organization of Germany. The topic was centered on using schools for purpose of promoting peace around the world.[41]
  • 2001 – IAEWP Eleventh World Congress takes place in Verbania, Italy on the Lago Maggiore, which discussed the importance of spirituality in the human life. Participants represented of the all the major continents.[42]
  • 2002 – IAEWP Twelfth World Congress takes place in Taipei, Taiwan in conjunction with the Association of World Citizens to explore mutual cooperation at all levels of society as to create a more stable world community.[43]
  • 2003 – IAEWP Thirteenth World Congress takes place in Angeles, Philippines which was attended by many university professors to discuss their mission in creating global harmony for future generations.[44]
  • 2004 – IAEWP Fourteenth World Congress takes place in Maputo, Mozambique which discussed the various problems of Africa and the importance for all the nations there to spend their money merely on the vital needs of the people.[45]
  • 2005 – IAEWP Fifteenth World Congress takes place in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which was attended mostly by Africans to explore the feasibility of peace education programs in the schools of Africa.[46]
  • 2006 – IAEWP Sixteenth World Congress takes place in Gandhinagar, India which centered on world peace through education, which was attended by several lawyers and law enforcement agents in addition to a few judges.[47]
  • 2007 – IAEWP Seventeenth World Congress takes place in Bangalore, India, which was participated by a small group of intellectuals who discussed the importance of Business Ethics in the promotion of global harmony and peace.[48]
  • 2008 – IAEWP Eighteenth World Congress takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in conjunction with the International Federation of Martial Arts Grandmaster for World Peace ( IFMAG ), the brainchild of Steve Varatharajan, IAEWP Director General to Malaysia. Participant from over 70 countries attended the 3 day event.[49]
  • 2009 – National conferences took place in India, Nepal, France and a few other countries where the main objectives of IAEWP were discussed for purpose of more effective implementation.[50]
  • 2010 – Peace Arts Exhibitions under the auspices of IAEWP take place in Seoul, S. Korea, attended by peace aspirants interest in the promotion of world peace through arts. The nineteenth world peace congress was cancelled due to threats of SARS virus epidemic.[51]
  • 2011 – IAEWP Peace Progress Journal is published by the Office of the Vice President for Global Affairs & Strategy, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. and circulated free of charge to heads of governments, foreign embassies, the UN Agencies and NGOs in 193 countries under the UN membership charter. [52]
  • 2011 - IAEWP -Project Ziarah Peace Carnival was held in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia with the Malaysian Chief of Armed Forces , General Zulkifli Bin Mohd Zin and Buddhist High Priest of Malaysia, Venerable Sri Dhammaratana as the luminaries. Over three day, an estimated 100,000 people took part in the festivities with 126 celebrities and VIPs across the political divide.[53]
  • 2011 - IAEWP's visit to Nobel Peace institute. Vice President for Global Affairs & Strategy lead the Malaysian Team Ziarah for Peace to have an audience with Dr.Geir Lundestad, Executive Director and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway.[54]
  • 2012 - Project Ziarah for Peace becomes the new millennium peace project endorsed by IAEWP to be implemented on a world-wide scale as a practical tool to enable all peace aspirants to become more fully and actively engaged as global peace makers.[55]
  • On a global scale, IAEWP looks forward to Dr. Charles Mercieca continued leadership and blessings at IAEWP in chartering newer framework for the art of peaceful living that would make peace real in our personal lives.[56]
  • The broadband expressway to peace is through education. Welcome to the future, our future. Let us continue celebrating peace in 2013 and beyond with vigour, enchantment and wisdom for the better future of our world.[57]
  • 2013 - Project Peace by Ziarah was launched where a team was sent to meet up celebrities and VIPs to promote peace awareness programs.[58]
  • 2014 - IAEWP Peace Foundation is conceived to be incorporated commemorating IAEWP's half a century of existence.[59]

Executive Board Members, 2008-2010

Accessed March 2009:[60]

International Liaisons, 2008-2010

Accessed March 2009:[61]

Awards

The IAEWP honors those who have contributed to the world peace through their works in various fields. Some distinguished recipients for the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize were: Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi, Woo Myung, and Dr. V. T. Patil. Other awards also given by the IAEWP are the Lifetime Achievement for Peace Award and the Millennium Award. Some notable recipients in the past were Mr. Nabam Tuki and Dr. Devinder K. Kansal for the Lifetime Achievement for Peace Award, and Dr. Subhash Chandra for the Millennium Award.

Contact

Web: http://iaewpeace.org./index.html

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles

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