Table of Contents
- 2016 March • Earthquake Strikes Mentawai Island
- A Decade of Tsunami Relief: Author chat with Nadine Hoover of Friends Peace Teams
- Tunas Baru Preschool’s First College Graduate!
- 2015 FPT-AWP Annual report
- Update: How you can help the people of Barak Induk
- People of Barak Induk once again under attack
- 2015 June • News from Joglo Preschool
- Minute approved on 2 June 2015 by the AWP Working Group
- Nepal Earthquake Relief Log
- Visiting communities to listen to stories of loss and repair destroyed hopes for survival
- Nepal Relief Update
- Nepal Earthquake Appeal Letter
- First batch of relief support is distributed in Nepal
- Stay at the FPT Guesthouse in Pati, Indonesia
- Silaturahmi: The Power of Visiting
- News from Palestine and Israel
- Exploratory Workshop: Connecting with Australia’s First Peoples
- Community Reading Room and the Barak Induk New Generation AVP Team
- Floods in Pati, Central Java
- “Power of Goodness” has come under the care of FPT-AWP
- Good News for Global Drinking Water!
- AWP Fall 2013 Newsletter
- PeaceWays Newsletter Fall-Winter 2013-14 issue
- News August 3 2013
- News June 26 2013
- News from Nanik at Peace Place
- News April 1 2013
- News February 25 2013
- Activities at Peace Place in February 2013
- Report to Australia Yearly Meeting January 2013
- Peace Is Possible 16 January 2013
- Petrus sent us a letter from Peace Place in Central Java today.
- News August 2012
- News August 1, 2012
- News June 2012
- News May 2012
- Expanding from Indonesia to Asia West Pacific!
- News 12 April 2011
- Peace is Possible 9 March 2011
- News 14 Dec 2010
- News 25 Nov 2010
- News, 10 Aug 2010
- News 20 July 2010
- News 15 April 2010
- News 8 March 2010
- Water Filters 21 Jan 2010
- News 18 Jan 2010
- Teacher Update 18 Jan 2010
- News 27 Oct 2009
- News 19 Sept 2009
- News 15 May 2009
- News 16 April 2009
- News 28 Feb 2009
- News 15 Feb 2009
- News 9 Feb 2009
- News 14 Jan 2009
- PIPA Letter to Indonesian Government January 2009
- News 12 Dec 2008
- News 13 Nov 2008
- Request for Teachers
April 27 2008
- News 13 April 2008
Peace is Possible 9 March 2011
Twenty-four preschool teachers and parents gathered at a preschool in N. Sumatra to change the way they taught their children. Friends Peace Teams combined games from the Children’s Creative Response to Conflict with Alternatives to Violence Project and trauma healing activities followed by developmental play with young children.
Laughter, positive adjectives, affirmations and communication rolled into sobbing as these women realized how cruelly they were treated as children and how cruelly many of them treat children to astonishment at practicing calm, relaxed listening from the heart as others discharged emotional distress and at the generosity needed to cooperate with one another.
After learning a great deal themselves through play and games, they understood what it meant that “children learn through play.” Learning to love and work with others as well as the Earth through play came so much more naturally once they were able to build bonds of community and trust with each other.
When asked what they learned the point most referred to was: “To have the courage to speak without fear of making mistakes.” Speaking in groups was not something most of these women had ever done. By the end of six days, all of them were speaking readily and passionately.
Barak Induk, the former refugee camp just over the border of Aceh in the mountains of N. Sumatra, has run Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops for five years and a developmental preschool for over two years and helped developed the AVP trauma healing advanced workshop. Since no other developmental preschool programs existed in their area, they asked Friends Peace Teams to train others.
We agreed. If there were one school that wanted to completely change their program, we would work with them at their school. Other schools could watch us work with this one school to see how to carry out real change in a real place, rather than just talk about it in isolated room somewhere.
After the six-day training, Mislan, the AVP coordinator for N. Sumatra commented, “I have been in all these trainings before, but doing them together makes sense in a way that gives me a whole different understanding. This was amazing!”
A woman some years ago commented after one of our trainings, “We (Indonesians) think we have been free for over 50 years, but we are not. We are colonizing and oppressing our children the same way the Dutch colonized and oppressed us for so many years. Education alone will not free us; we must recognize the violence within our ourselves and our day-to-day lives and learn to choose peace!”
Nadine Hoover, Jamie Carestio, Mislan and Rini Warouw repeated this training in Kota Binjai, East Aceh as well as offering training in making organic compost. Nadine Hoover is now working to write this training in a manual in both English and Indonesian. The Ministry of National Education’s Department of Early Childhood Education has expressed interest in promoting this workshop for teachers and family members. Together we can choose peace!