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Costa Rica Regional Meeting

Sustainable Regional Education Efforts
for Safer More Inclusive
Communities Working Group

November 9th and 10th 2010
Heredia, Costa Rica

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Ministry of Education (MEP), Costa Rica
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
Global Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College

The Ministry of Public Education, Costa Rica in collaboration with The European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP), in its role as the Global Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), and Global Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College, invited participants for a two-day working group meeting of teams of governmental and non-governmental organizations from around the world to examine best practices in infrastructure development and the role of governmental/non-governmental partnerships at a national/regional level to address youth violence/conflict on November 9th and 10th, 2010 in San José, Costa Rica. This meeting, “Sustainable Regional Education Efforts for Safer More Inclusive Communities” involved teams of governmental and non-governmental peace and conflict resolution education practitioners and government officials that work together to address these issues at a national/regional level. This was followed by visits to local schools that are working on conflict resolution education and a visit to Earth University to explore linkages between environmental sustainability, peace, and community development.

The Costa Rican Government has been a strong supporter of the resolution of conflicts, and civic engagement, and has developed policies and programs to integrate these approaches within the governmental and non-governmental efforts to serve the country and the community including education settings. Participants from Costa Rica and 12 additional countries shared their work and experience in developing national and regional structures in their countries for safer and more inclusive communities including efforts to address youth violence.

The working group meeting on November 9th and 10th in San Jose, Costa Rica, “Sustainable Regional Education Efforts for Safer More Inclusive Communities” built upon prior working groups dedicated to further developing and creating effective policy and capacity building in the field of conflict resolution education, social and emotional learning, peace education, democracy and citizenship education.  These prior events, co-hosted by Cuyahoga Community College, included a two-day international policy meeting on related topics in Cleveland, Ohio in 2009 and the Inter-American Summit on Conflict Resolution Education in March of 2007. The two-day international policy working group, Collaboration across Fields: Implementation and Sustainability of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Conflict Resolution Education (CRE), Peace Education (PE), and Citizenship Education (CE), on June 19th and 20th, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA brought together government representatives from among the 50 states and invited countries (Ghana, Kenya, Montenegro, Philippines) and their non-governmental organization partners interested in developing legislation and policy in peace education, social and emotional learning, conflict resolution education, and/or civics education as well as securing ways to strengthen implementation and achieve sustainability of these efforts. The first Inter-American Summit on Conflict Resolution Education sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Organization of American States (OAS) in March 2007 brought together government representatives from among the 50 states and 34 countries of the Americas, Europe, Australia, Israel and their non-governmental organization partners who have legislation or policies in place to deliver conflict resolution education at the K-12 level and in colleges of teacher education.

Participants for the Costa Rica/GPPAC Working Group Meeting Included:

These opportunities promoted international collaboration between government authorities and between active regional civil society organizations.  The aims of the two day meeting November 9th and 10th, and the school, government, and NGO site visits on November 11th were to:

These events present a wonderful strategic opportunity to model and learn about collaboration between Government, GPPAC and civil society organizations.

Working Group Presentations

All the Presentations provided below took place November 9 – 10, 2010 in Heredia Costa Rica, as part of the Sustainable Regional Education Efforts for Safer More Inclusive Communities Working Group.

Sponsored by:

Ministry of Education (MEP), Costa Rica
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
Global Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College

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