Francis Reneau in Concert – September 9 at 7.00 p.m.

On Sunday, September 9 at 7.00 p.m. the Centre will once again welcome Belizean pianist Francis Reneau for his annual September concert.  Mr. Reneau will be joined by some of his Master Class students of Belmopan. 

Tickets: BZD10.00
Call 822-1054 or info@gpcbelize.com for reservations

Peacemaking Circles & Urban Youth
Bringing Justice Home
By Carolyn Boyes-Watson

Peacemaking Circles and Urban Youth: Bringing Justice Home, by Dr. Carolyn Boyes-Watson (the director of the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University) explores how the Circle process is being used by a remarkably innovative youth center outside Boston.  Nearly twenty years in operation, Roca, Inc., works with immigrant, gang, and street youth.  Using Circles extensively, not only with youth but also with the families and community as well as throughout the organization, is integral to Roca’s effectiveness.”Peacemaking Circles and Urban Youth” tells a compelling and inspiring story for any organization or person who works with young people, particularly troubled youth who desperately need community-based support to change the trajectory of their lives. (From: Living Justice Press)

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member.  For more information, check our website, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!

Last Friday, the 2012 P.E.A.C.E. Campers showed off their newly discovered and/or developed conflict resolution skills in the closing presentation of P.E.A.C.E camp.  We thank the campers for joining us and taking on the challenge of participating in this unusual but oh-so rewarding summer programme.

Thanks too to all the volunteers that helped to make this year’s camp a success:  Peace Corps Volunteer Juls and HELP International Volunteers Kristy, Andi,  Hilary, Leslie, Briana and Amanda, as well as Ultimate Frisbee coach Victor and free-lance photo/videographer Shaz: you guys have been an amazing to P.E.A.C.E. Camp 2012!

PEACE Camp 2012

 If your organization is interested in organizing a P.E.A.C.E. Camp in the future, do get in touch with us!  We have all the materials and will help you to make the camp a successful one.  Call us at 822-1054 or e-mail us at info@gpcbelize.com.

“Moments of Happiness”
50 Years of bottling Coca-Cola in Belize
50 Paintings by local artists 

Presented by Bowen & Bowen Ltd.

Exhibition on display from August 27 to September 14

Creative Conflict Resolution
More than 200 activities for keeping peace in the classroom
By William J. Kreidler

Are you sick of settling arguments among your students? If you teach elementary school this is the book for you. I inherited the class that teachers dread. Constant bickering and temper tantrums inhibited learning for all the students and sent me home frustrated each evening. I was getting desperate when I found Kreidler’s book. I have worked through many of the activities, using them for Social Studies (community), LA (there are many writing activities), Health (social and emotional well-being) Art, and Physical Education. The improvement has been dramatic! Young children love to learn words like de-escalate, negotiate, compromise amd mediate. Once they have the vocabulary and some practise, they know how to settle their differences before fists start to fly. There are some forms in the appendix, the most useful being a fight form. The fight form disects the fight and makes the children involved consider the alternative actions they could have taken. One copy goes home and one remains on file as a record of who fights and why. Very few students care to take a second fight form home. There is also a section for teachers dealing with difficult adults, whether it be administration, other teachers or parents. This book has helped bring peace and harmony to my classroom. I can’t reccomend it highly enough. (From: Amazon Book Reviews)

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member.  For more information, check our website, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!

Talking Peace
A Vision for the Next Generation
By Jimmy Carter 

From a global leader and human rights advocate whose commitment to public service has reached from Georgia to the White House to developing countries around the world comes a remarkable discussion of the foremost issue of our time: peace. This book is the first by a former United States president to address younger readers. Part personal narrative and part thoughtful exposition of current history, the vivid text examines the causes and effects of conflict and explains the urgent call for nonviolent conflict resolution in the world today. The author introduces readers to the peacemaking techniques that he developed in the Oval Office and has continued to use at the Carter Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, a nonpartisan public-policy organization that he and his wife, Rosalynn, founded in 1982. Among other projects, the Carter Center has monitored elections in Latin America and Africa, conducted mediation talks between parties in conflict, brought improved cultivation methods to thousands of African farmers, and spearheaded the global attack against several deadly diseases. The fearless idealism and practical approach that have long characterized the public work of the architect of the Camp David Accords shine through the pages here. Readers will discover the implied power and responsibility behind the author’s message that all people – regardless of age, race, gender, and nationality – share common needs, common rights, a common dignity, and a common quest: the pursuit of peace.

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member.  For more information, check our website, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!

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Peace Camp 2012

You might call it an “unusual” summer camp for youth. P.E.A.C.E. Camp is all about fun and learning!  Thus far, nothing unusual. Things do get a bit different though when a summer camp teaches about issues such as: What is conflict? How do we avoid it? How do we address it?  How does it affect me and others around me? What role do emotions play in conflict?  Through teaching, discussions and fun games, P.E.A.C.E. camp aims to help youths find the answers to these and more questions, and to equip them with the necessary tools to address conflict in such a way that it provides a win-win for all parties involved.

If your organization is interested in learning more about our P.E.A.C.E. Camp and its manual, which provides detailed instructions for the 10-day camp, feel free to contact us at 822-1054 or e-mail us at info@gpcbelize.com.   

Five Past Midnight in Bhopal
Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro 

It was December 3, 1984. In the ancient city of Bhopal, a cloud of toxic gas escaped from an American pesticide plant, killing and injuring thousands of people. When the noxious clouds cleared, the worst industrial disaster in history had taken place. Now, Dominique Lapierre brings the hundreds of characters, conflicts, and adventures together in an unforgettable tale of love and hope. Readers will meet the poetry-loving factory worker who unleashes the apocalypse, the young Indian bride who was to be married that terrible night, and the doctors who died that night saving others. It is a gripping, fascinating account that is already mesmerizing readers around the world.

The Centre’s library opens daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  Sign up as a Friend of the Centre to become a lending member.  For more information, check our website, call 822-1054 or email us at info@gpcbelize.com!

A Bed for the Night
Humanitarianism in Crisis
(David Rieff)

Timely and controversial, A Bed for the Night reveals how humanitarian organizations are often betrayed and misused, and have increasingly lost sight of their purpose. Drawing on firsthand reporting from war zones around the world, David Rieff shows us what aid workers do in the field and the growing gap between their noble ambitions and their actual capabilities for alleviating suffering. He describes how many humanitarian organizations have moved from their founding principle of neutrality, which gave them access to victims, to encouraging the international community to take action to stop civil wars and ethnic cleansing. By calling for intervention, humanitarian organizations risk being seen as taking sides in a conflict and thus jeopardizing their access to victims. And by overreaching, the humanitarian movement has allowed itself to be hijacked by the major powers. Rieff concludes that if humanitarian organizations are to do what they do best — alleviate suffering — they must reclaim their independence.

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