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27/03/2018 - Preventing Violence Against Children by Promoting a Culture of Peace in Ecuador

Tumbaco, a typical Ecuadorian town, located only 15 kilometers to the east of Quito, was the chosen venue to host a Facilitation Workshop on the Learning to Live Together Programme.

EcuadorThe group was composed of 22 participants from 11 different institutions, organizations and religious groups carrying out different programs for children and youth living in socially vulnerable conditions, belonging to dysfunctional families, and facing violence, abuse and addiction on daily basis.

The workshop, which was held from 22 to 25 February 2018, aimed at training teachers, educators, social workers, and volunteers to promote a culture of peace to help prevent violence against children and youth in educational institutions, religious communities, and community centers in different areas of Quito.

During the 3-days workshop, participants got familiar with the main concepts of Learning to Live Together, its methodology and framework. They reflected on the influence violence has on children and youth in their particular context, and the role that value-based education can play to prevent it.

Through the different activities, participants gain the knowledge and practical skills to design an ethics education program based on Learning to Live Together and customized to the needs and realities of the children they work with and their communities. In this way, participants could visualize how to integrate an ethics education program in their current projects, and design concrete plans to implement the program in a systematic way.

The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) Ecuador, and Arigatou International Geneva will provide support to the creation of a local Community of Practice.

The workshop was facilitated by Learning to Live Together Trainers Ms. Mercedes Román, Senior Adviser for the GNRC Latin America and the Caribbean and Ms. Mónica Bernal, Family Therapist and Advisor; together with Ms. Maribel Leon, Director and Educator, Pastoral de la U.E. San Luis Gonzaga, and Mr. Marco Laguatasi, Educator and Coordinador of GNRC Ecuador, both Learning to Live Together Facilitators.

We thank GNRC for their support in co-organizing this workshop, the facilitators for their commitment and dedication, and the participants for their enthusiasm and friendly spirit of collaboration.


27/03/2018 - Ethics Education Workshop at Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Arigatou International Geneva facilitated a workshop on Ethics Education for 100 professionals from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and several other higher education institutions in Kenya on 15 March 2018. The workshop is part of a conference jointly organized by Globethics.net and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa on Integrating Ethics in Higher Education that took place from 13-16 March 2018 at CUEA, Kenya. 

Sri Lanka Symposium 1The Ethics Education workshop involved over 100 professionals from the University including the Vice Chancellor and senior administration, academic and non-academic staff.

During the full day workshop Arigatou International Geneva introduced the Ethics Education Programme and its Ethics Education Framework as an example of Ethics Education and engaged the participants in understanding ethics, pedagogical approaches to ethics education and how ethics education can help build an inclusive and diverse learning community as part of their commitment to integrating ethics in education.

Both Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Arigatou International Geneva showed interest to followup the training with future collaborations.

The workshop took place within the framework a recently signed an Memorandum of Understanding between Arigatou International Geneva and the Globeethics.net Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland to further ethics and ethics education.

Arigatou International was represented at the conference by Dr. Dorcas Kiplagat from GNRC Secretariat in Nairobi and Mr. Suchith Abeyewickreme. Mr. Abeyewickreme together with Ms. Mary Kangethe and Ms. Anne Waichinga both Trainers of the Learning to Live Together Programme led the Ethics Education Workshop as co-facilitators.


27/03/2018 - Reflecting on Mindfulness as a Tool for Strengthening Children’s Spirituality to End Violence against Children

Mrs. Maria Lucia Uribe, Director of Arigatou International Geneva participated in the Global Mindfulness Summit that took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 23 to 25 February 2018.

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The summit, organized by the Sati Pasala Foundation with the cooperation of governmental, non-governmental and cooperate-sector institutions, brought together speakers and panelists from around the world for three days of influential discussions regarding mindfulness.

The speakers and panelists at the Summit came from all sectors of society, as it was an assembly of academics, scientists, management consultants, government leaders and politicians, diplomats, medical specialists, school leaders, and religious leaders of all faiths.

The summit served to build partnerships among different nations, cultures, ethnicities, and religions to spread the message of the power of mindfulness and the influence it can have as a peacebuilding mechanism. As Venerable U Dhammajiva stated in his opening statement, “All the parts, all the religious and other groups must come together, and work together, and mindfulness binds it all together.”

During the three days, there were discussions regarding the role mindfulness can play with promoting diversity and acceptance, helping our environment and promoting sustainability, strengthening children’s spirituality to end violence against children, and the positive mental and physical impacts mindfulness can have on a person.

Mrs. Maria Lucia Uribe presented about the importance of spirituality in young children and how violence harms this feature as children grow and develop. As she described in her presentation, spirituality is “an innate and natural capacity…[it is] a capacity to see ourselves as part of something bigger than us and that helps us move beyond, [and] to transcend.” Violence hurts children not only physically and mentally, but devastates their spiritual wellbeing and their trust, connection, and respect for other people. Spirituality goes hand in hand with mindfulness, as it promotes the concept of “moving beyond,” creating an emphasis on ultimate fulfillment, as opposed to just immediate satisfaction.
“Ultimately, mindfulness as a tool for spiritual development should help children and youth to develop their sense of belonging, of being, of connecting with others, of becoming who they want to become and transform themselves and their societies”, said Mrs. Uribe when looking at the connection between mindfulness and spirituality.

When dealing with the repercussions of violence, mindfulness goes beyond just allowing the victim heal, but can also be used as a preventative strategy to stopping violence before it happens. Caregivers and parents should use mindfulness when raising a child, as it allows them to see the impact their actions have on the child, and how it might hurt their child’s spiritual wellbeing.

Thanks go to the conference organizers and other presenters for organizing the event and inviting Arigatou International. 


27/03/2018 - Learning to Live Together to Address Violence against Children and Discrimination in Macedonia

A diverse group of twenty-one teachers, school counselors, educators and social workers participated in a Facilitator Training Workshop on the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) Programme in Skopje, Macedonia, with the common aim to tackle violence and discrimination against children from different ethnic and national groups.

The 4-day workshop, which was organized by the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and the First Children's Embassy in the World – "Megjashi" (FCEWM) with the support of Arigatou International Geneva, took place from 2 to 5 March 2018, immediately after a Regional Meeting between the GNRC, End Child Poverty in Partnership and FCEWM titled “Mobilizing Faith Communities to End Child Poverty and Violence against Children”.

While the Regional Meeting aimed to develop a relevant community mobilization and advocacy strategy to address child poverty and violence against children, the subsequent Facilitator Training Workshop offered an efficient tool to reach these objectives and to develop and strengthen the local GNRC.

Macedonia 1The Facilitator Training Workshop aimed to build capacities in teachers and social workers on how to use the LTLT manual in their work with children and young people with different ethnic backgrounds. Their role as multipliers of the LTLT Programme will ultimately contribute to advocating for quality education for all children in Macedonia.

The participants had the opportunity to explore and discover the key concepts, learning modules, methodologies and learning process of the LTLT Programme, gaining a better understanding of the Ethics Education Approach.

“During the workshop we guided participants in the exploration of methodologies to stimulate participation, horizontal communication and critical thinking in children, as well as ways to nurture spirituality in children and to build a safe learning environment for them, offering a new pedagogical approach for the participants to work with children and youth” said Ms. Laura Molnar, who facilitated the workshop together with Ms. Ana Žnidarec Čučković.

Based on their local needs, participants elaborated a customized ethics education program based on the LTLT Programme and exercised their facilitation skills by carrying out ethics education sessions for their colleagues. They also created action plans focused on addressing violence against children, bullying and the discrimination of Roma, Albanian or disadvantaged children in schools and in the local communities. The action plans also aimed to promote the rights of the child, especially their right to quality education and participation.Macedonia 4

The workshop also helped participants visualize how the implementation of the LTLT Programme with the children they work with, could help meet their specific needs, like nurturing ethical values that are conducive to living respectfully together with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds. After the workshop, a community of practice was established to strengthen the network and support the implementation plans.

Arigatou International Geneva thanks the GNRC and FCEWM for their support and commitment; Ms. Laura Molnar and Ana Žnidarec Čučković, both official trainers of the Learning to Live Together Programme, for their outstanding professionalism in carrying out this workshop, and, and all the participants for their enthusiasm.


21/03/2018 - Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Learning to Live Together with a Symposium in Sri Lanka

As an opportunity to mark the 10th anniversary of the Learning to Live Together Programme, Arigatou International Geneva with the support of local stakeholders organized a symposium on Learning to Live Together in Sri Lanka.


17/03/2018 - Roundtable Discussion in Brazil on Strengthening Families to Nurture Spirituality in Early Childhood

curitiba20Under the slogan “Peace begins at home”, on 7 March 2018, Arigatou International Geneva together with Pastoral da Criança International, co-organized a round table discussion on Strengthening Families to Nurture Values and Spirituality in Early Childhood for the Prevention of Violence Against Children.


13/03/2018 - Ending Violence in Early Childhood - The Role of Religious Communities

On 8 March 2018, at the margins of the 37th Human Rights Council session, Arigatou International Geneva office co-organized a side-event titled Ending Violence in Early Childhood: the Role of Religious Communities, together with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, the World Council of Churches, World Vision, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization. The side-event was co-sponsored by the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Permanent Mission of Uruguay, the Permanent Mission of Mexico, and the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the United Nations.

DSC08652 1Around 65 participants, including representatives of the Permanent Missions in Geneva and civil society organizations, engaged in reflections about the impact of violence on early childhood and the need and importance of addressing its causes; looking at how religious communities could help challenging social and cultural norms that justify violence in child bringing. The panelists shared good practices from the Eastern Orthodox Church and examples of the leadership of H.E the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; as well as practical examples from Islamic Relief and UNICEF collaborations with faith-based organizations in different parts of the world. The need to increase investment and ensure the inclusion of religious communities and faith based actors in programs and in collaborations with government actors were also discussed. It was emphasized the need to continue prioritizing laws to ban corporal punishment and provide interventions that look holistically to early childhood development.

The side-event was moderated by Mrs. Frédérique Seidel, Special Advisor on Child Rights from the World Council of Churches, who welcomed participants and explained the objectives of the panel. Mrs. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, delivered her key-note on the importance of investing in early childhood, making the case as a highly cost-effective strategy, leading to better health and education and to increased national wealth, while reducing the social cost of addressing the long-term consequences of violence in childhood. The emphasised that the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are the foundation for a person’s whole future development. Mrs. Santos Pais called for the role of States to enforce legal prohibition of all violence against children, including within the home, as well as implementation of policies to support families in their child-rearing responsibilities, helping change mind sets and behaviours that support violence against children.

H.E. Archbishop Job of Telmessos, Permanent Representative, Ecumenical Patriarchate Permanent Delegation to the World Council of Churches, highlighted that protecting children from any kind of abuse is the most natural message of Christianity. Unfortunately, abuse is not something that may happen outside the Christian community but can also happen within it. Therefore, Christian communities are called not only to protect children from child abuse and psychological violence in the society, but also within themselves. He emphasized that through the “Churches’ Commitments to Children” initiative, the WCC and UNICEF are now providing support to ensure that effective safeguarding measures are in place in all churches.

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Dr. Etienne Krug, Director Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention from the World Health Organization, highlighted that 1 in 2 children in the world are affected by violence every year, having long term consequences in mental health, anxiety, depression, as well as change in behaviors later in life leading to alcohol abuse, unsafe sex practices, unwanted pregnancies, among others. When violence occurs in early years, when the brain is developing, the impact is even worse. He shared that WHO and UNICEF, in collaboration with many other partners, will launch in May 2018 a global Nurturing Care framework for early childhood development that brings together essential actions across health, nutrition, safety and security, responsive caregiving and early learning.

Mrs. Neelam Fida, Global Child Protection & Inclusion Advisor from Islamic Relief Worldwide, “Engaging faith leaders and communities is critical in dismantling myths of religious and cultural misinterpretations that support abuse and violence against boys, girls and women. Mrs. Fida shared several examples of work training male and female faith and community leaders on child protection, and how religious leaders have been engaged designing Friday sermons that discourage violence against children, reaching out up to 10.000 people.

Mr. Aaron Greenberg, Regional Child Protection Advisor, UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, highlighted that “3000 million children between ages of 2-3 years old experience violent discipline. He noted that tackling the issue of violence against children requires that we see the problem, not as an issue “about them but about us.” We all have been victims of violence. At the heart of this there is a spiritual journey for us to go on, as communities, as societies, as the world, in which religious communities can play an enormous role”. He also shared several good practices that contribute to end violence early childhood developed by UNICEF in collaboration with religious communities around the world.

Mrs. Maria Lucia Uribe, Director of Arigatou International Geneva, emphasized the importance and also challenges of working together with religious communities. She mentioned that one of the main hindrances in involving religious communities towards ending violence against children in early childhood is the distrust with government authorities, despite their critical role. She called for increasing the evidence base on the role of religious communities, particularly challenging social and cultural norms that justify violence in early childhood and the positive role that they play in fostering values and spirituality in children and supporting families in creating safe environments.

The interventions were followed by a dialogue with the participants, calling for better collaboration among different actors and sectors; the inclusion of religious communities in national programs and strategies; the important role of self-examination within religious communities to challenge theological interpretations that can justify violence against children; as well as measuring the impact of their work.

Agenda 2030 presents us with the unique opportunity to create genuine partnerships to leave no one behind, and we should ensure that no partner is left behind either in this important endeavor to end violence against children in early childhood.

 


06/03/2018 - President of Arigatou International Attends Solutions Summit of Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

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Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, President of Arigatou International and Convenor of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), joined other global leaders and participants at the Solutions Summit convened by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children held in Stockholm, Sweden on 14th and 15th February 2018.

During the Summit, three hundred and eighty six (386) participants including global leaders, representatives from the United Nations, government officials, civil society organizations, the private sector and children and youth from 67 countries across the world affirmed their commitment to work together to end violence against children. The Proclamation issued at the Summit is available here.

Among the contributions of Arigatou International shared at the Summit was the GNRC 5th Forum, held on 9–11 May 2017 in Panama City, Panama, attended by 526 participants. In this Forum, leaders and members of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, girls and boys, women and men, from 70 countries, together with representatives of governments, the United Nations, as well as international and grassroots organizations, affirmed their commitment to end violence in the Panama Declaration on Ending Violence Against Children.

While at the Summit, Rev. Miyamoto touched on the follow-up to the GNRC 5th Forum in Panama, which focused on the role of faith communities in ending violence against children, with leaders from key partners, including Dr. Susan Bissell, Founding Director of the Global Partnership; Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence Against Children; Ms. Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF and Rev. Dr. Olav Fikse-Tveit, Secretary General, World Council of Churches .

Prior to the Summit, on February 13, 2018, Rev. Miyamoto participated in the Governing Board Meeting of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, which was hosted by H.E. Asa Regner, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality of Sweden.

The visit provided an excellent opportunity to further strengthen the partnerships that will be critical for bringing an end to violence against children everywhere by 2030.

 


06/03/2018 - President of Arigatou International Attends Solutions Summit of Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, President of Arigatou International and Convenor of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), joined other global leaders and participants at the Solutions Summit convened by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children held in Stockholm, Sweden on 14th and 15th February 2018. During the Summit, three hundred and eighty six (386) participants including global leaders, representatives from the United Nations, government officials, civil society organizations, the private sector and children and youth from 67 countries across the world affirmed their commitment to work together to end violence against children. The Proclamation issued at the Summit is available here.

Among the contributions of Arigatou International shared at the Summit was the GNRC 5th Forum, held on 9–11 May 2017 in Panama City, Panama, attended by 526 participants. In this Forum, leaders and members of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, girls and boys, women and men, from 70 countries, together with representatives of governments, the United Nations, as well as international and grassroots organizations, affirmed their commitment to end violence in the Panama Declaration on Ending Violence Against Children.

While at the Summit, Rev. Miyamoto touched on the follow-up to the GNRC 5th Forum in Panama, which focused on the role of faith communities in ending violence against children, with leaders from key partners, including Dr. Susan Bissell, Founding Director of the Global Partnership; Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence Against Children; Ms. Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF and Rev. Dr. Olav Fikse-Tveit, Secretary General, World Council of Churches .

Prior to the Summit, on February 13, 2018, Rev. Miyamoto participated in the Governing Board Meeting of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, which was hosted by H.E. Asa Regner, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality of Sweden.

The visit provided an excellent opportunity to further strengthen the partnerships that will be critical for bringing an end to violence against children everywhere by 2030.

 


20/12/2017 - 1,500 Children to Be Reached by an Ethics Education Program in Schools in Tanzania

With the goal of reaching at least 1,500 children in Tanzanian schools, a Facilitators Training Workshop was organized by Arigatou International Geneva, in collaboration with the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC).


20/12/2017 - Learning to Live Together to Reach Children in Central Schools in Bhutan

Twenty-five Buddhist teachers attended the Facilitators Training Workshop on the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) Programme that took place in Thimphu, Bhutan from 27 to 30 October 2017. The teachers came from all levels of the grade school from pre-primary to the 12th grade, and from all subjects.


20/12/2017 - Intergenerational Advanced Workshop Brings Together People From Six Countries in Latin América and The Caribbean

A Latin American and Caribbean Advanced Workshop on Ethics Education for Children took place in El Salvador for participants who are currently implementing the Learning to Live Together Programme in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama. The workshop included youth and adults from the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and participants from Christian, Buddhist, indigenous and secular partner organizations. 


19/12/2017 - Uruguay hosted its first Facilitator Training Workshop together with participants from Argentina and Paraguay

Ethics Education for Children was introduced for the first time in Uruguay through a Facilitator Training Workshop on the Learning to Live Together Programme which was held in Montevideo from 26 to 29 September. Participants came from 13 different religious communities, including Bahá’í, Christian, and Jewish, as well as from NGOs working with children and youth in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay.


19/12/2017 - Discussing The Role of Religious Communities in Protecting Early Childhood in Sri Lanka

A multidisciplinary panel of experts gathered together in Colombo, Sri Lanka to participate in a roundtable discussion on the topic of Ethics Education to Strengthen Families and Nurturing Spirituality in Early Childhood, particularly addressing the role of religious communities.


19/12/2017 - Intergenerational Dialogue on Global Citizenship: Enhancing Youth Participation in India

“Our responsibility should be to help raising the voices of young people, for their narrative to become the one that changes the world today” said Mrs. María Lucía Uribe, Director of Arigatou International Geneva, while reflecting on the intergenerational dialogue that brought together 20 youth from Tamil Nadu, India with members of the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children.


19/12/2017 - Training of Trainers to Reach 8,000 Teachers in the Horn of Africa

Ongoing conflicts and emergencies in the Horn of Africa have hindered regional and global efforts to provide quality education. Deprived access to education among youth has resulted in a rise in extremism and violence. In order to help mitigate the situation and avoid further escalation, a project has been designed, with the support from the government of Japan, to create a critical mass of teachers who can implement effective teaching and learning, producing economically productive and peace-loving youth.


19/12/2017 - Using Local Wisdom, Experiences, and Resources to Advance Sustainable Peace

Experts from 12 countries gathered at the annual Georg Arnhold Symposium to explore methods for supporting and empowering educators working in situations of highly escalated conflict, widespread violence and of transition from war to peace, and to contribute to sustainable peace.


19/12/2017 - Discussing The Positive Impact of Religion and Values for Sustainable Development at the PaRD 2nd Annual Meeting

Arigatou International participated in the Second Annual Meeting of the Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), that took place in the United Kingdom from 12 to 15 November 2017. 


25/09/2017 - Honoring the Bright Life of Sr. Jean Pruitt: A Message from Rev. Keishi Miyamoto

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It is with shock and tremendous sadness that I received the news that Sr. Jean Pruitt, the first GNRC Coordinator for Africa, passed away recently. When I met her at the GNRC Fifth Forum in Panama City this May, she was as full of joy, humor and vigor as ever. She has dedicated her entire life to the children for Africa. Her work for and with children has touched countless lives and inspired people like me all around the world.

I first met Sr. Jean, who has run the Dogodogo Center for street children in Tanzania for decades, at the GNRC First Forum in Tokyo in 2000. Thanks to her support, we were able to invite street children served by the Center to the Conference of Children for Coming Generation that we held in Japan in 2000. The presentation made by Mr. George Daniel, one of the street children from the Center, inspired all the participants, including me, and after that, I personally exchanged letters with him for a while.

Sr. Jean was the very first person to translate our vision for interfaith cooperation for children through the Global Network of Religions for Children into specific, grassroots action to change children's lives in Africa. She organized the East and Southern Africa Network of Religions for Children (ESANRC), the first regional GNRC network in Africa, soon after the GNRC's inauguration in the year 2000 and served as the first GNRC Coordinator for Africa until Dr. Mustafa Ali, who is now GNRC Secretary General, assumed the position in 2003. She also served as Chair of the Local Hosting Committee and contributed to the successful GNRC Fourth Forum held in Tanzania in 2012. Following the Fifth Forum this year, she has been active in following up on the commitments in the Panama Declaration. Sr. Jean was a bright light, and that light she gave will continue to shine in all of our work. 

On behalf of Arigatou International, let me express my sincere condolences to her family, Maryknoll sisters, and to the GNRC Tanzania. We all mourn her and remember her for her tremendous contribution to the GNRC, and to the well-being of children in Africa and around the world. 

Farewell, Sr. Jean. We will miss you. Rest in peace.

Keishi Miyamoto

President, Arigatou International


25/09/2017 - Honoring the Bright Life of Sr. Jean Pruitt: A Message from Rev. Keishi Miyamoto

It is with shock and tremendous sadness that I received the news that Sr. Jean Pruitt, the first GNRC Coordinator for Africa, passed away recently. When I met her at the GNRC Fifth Forum in Panama City this May, she was as full of joy, humor and vigor as ever. She has dedicated her entire life to the children for Africa. Her work for and with children has touched countless lives and inspired people like me all around the world.

I first met Sr. Jean, who has run the Dogodogo Center for street children in Tanzania for decades, at the GNRC First Forum in Tokyo in 2000. Thanks to her support, we were able to invite street children served by the Center to the Conference of Children for Coming Generation that we held in Japan in 2000. The presentation made by Mr. George Daniel, one of the street children from the Center, inspired all the participants, including me, and after that, I personally exchanged letters with him for a while.

Sr. Jean was the very first person to translate our vision for interfaith cooperation for children through the Global Network of Religions for Children into specific, grassroots action to change children's lives in Africa. She organized the East and Southern Africa Network of Religions for Children (ESANRC), the first regional GNRC network in Africa, soon after the GNRC's inauguration in the year 2000 and served as the first GNRC Coordinator for Africa until Dr. Mustafa Ali, who is now GNRC Secretary General, assumed the position in 2003. She also served as Chair of the Local Hosting Committee and contributed to the successful GNRC Fourth Forum held in Tanzania in 2012. Following the Fifth Forum this year, she has been active in following up on the commitments in the Panama Declaration. Sr. Jean was a bright light, and that light she gave will continue to shine in all of our work. 

On behalf of Arigatou International, let me express my sincere condolences to her family, Maryknoll sisters, and to the GNRC Tanzania. We all mourn her and remember her for her tremendous contribution to the GNRC, and to the well-being of children in Africa and around the world. 

Farewell, Sr. Jean. We will miss you. Rest in peace.

Keishi Miyamoto

President, Arigatou International


30/08/2017 - Multiplying Efforts Across Dominican Republic

34 participants coming from each of the 31 provinces of Dominican Republic gathered in Santo Domingo from 2 to 4 June 2017 to go through a Facilitator Training Workshop of the Learning to Live Together (LTLT) Programme. The workshop allowed participants to acquire new knowledge and develop specific skills to foster dialogue, understanding, and respect in at-risk areas throughout the country.


30/08/2017 - Teacher Training and Development for Peace-building in the Horn of Africa

Arigatou International Geneva is collaborating with UNESCO-International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) in the implementation of the “Teacher Training and Development for Peace-building” project, which aims to contribute to the provision of economically productive and peace-loving young people through quality teacher training and development. The project engages several countries of the Horn of Africa including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda and aims to reach 8,000 educators in the region.


30/08/2017 - Sharing Good Practices in the III Scholas Chairs International Congress in Jerusalem

Arigatou International was invited to the III Scholas Chairs International Congress which took place in Jerusalem, Israel from 2 to 5 July 2017, bringing together academics from the Scholas Chairs program, diplomats, religious authorities and governments to promote cooperation and learning based on the idea of education as one of the main tools for social change. In addition, 50 youth from five continents representing the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, joined the academics in the debates as a way to emphasize their key role in the renewal of education.


30/08/2017 - Joining Forces to Transform the World Together in Africa

Within the framework of the 2030 Education Agenda, the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, with the support of the Government of Japan, organized a regional technical workshop titled "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED): Transforming and Sustaining Our World Through Learning". The workshop aimed to support member states unpacking the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 in their national policies and practices.


30/08/2017 - Enriching the Knowledge Base on Intercultural and Interfaith Education at the IAIE Conference

Arigatou International Geneva participated in the Annual Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) under the theme: Education Theory and Practice in Challenging Times: Cultivating an Ethos of Social Justice, Respect, and Diversity.

The conference, held from 12 to 16 June 2017, took place in Angers, France and was organized by Université Catholique de l'Ouest in collaboration with IAIE and the support of the Korean Association for Multicultural Education.



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