NAPF Peace Literacy: 2018 Highlights and 2019 Preview

By |2019-01-03T16:35:40-08:00January 3, 2019|

In 2018, Peace Literacy — a NAPF initiative with its transformative curriculum for a peace literate classroom, community, and culture — brought its vision of new skills and frameworks for a more peaceful world to events in 16 states and five Canadian provinces. Paul K. Chappell, NAPF Peace Literacy Director, spoke to more than 8,500 educators, students, and community leaders in more than 67 lectures and 19 workshops.

Education in Peace Literacy is crucial for creating a nuclear weapons-free world.

It was the busiest year ever for Peace Literacy – an excellent sign for our international movement with   our global goal:  By 2028, Education in Peace Literacy will be recognized as a Universal Human Right. In order to reach that goal, we are building Peace Literacy hubs comprised of local networks of educators, institutions of higher education, and community organizations such as Rotary. We are in the process of developing hubs in such places as Corvallis, Oregon and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with Paul K. Chappell planting seeds and nurturing growth throughout North America and beyond, as seen below in the 2018 highlights and 2019 preview of upcoming events.

2018 Highlights

Accompanied by Sharyn Clough, Oregon State University philosophy professor and our Peace Literacy Curriculum Coordinator, Chappell gave a spring one-day workshop on Peace Literacy curriculum with the Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment Board (ICAB) at Manitoba Department of Education & Training, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Susan Radford, Peace Literacy Team member and middle school teacher from Everett, Washington with 27 years of experience, joined them for the Canadian Associated Schools Network UNESCO Conference with 260 educators and student leaders from seven different provinces in attendance.

In a room full of students, teachers and school leaders, Paul inspired all of us with his passionate message about Peace Literacy. I believe everyone should hear this message. It is really a new frame for teaching about educating people to be good citizens and live together in a peaceful manner.” – Brahim Ould Baba, Manitoba Teachers’ Society Staff Officer, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Additional highlights for 2018 included a four-day workshop with the Gandhi Institute Spring Intensive at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, a four-day 2018 Summer Peace Literacy Workshop sponsored by Unity of Maine, and a two-day workshop with the Corvallis Unified School District, Corvallis, Oregon.  Chappell also spoke to parents, faculty, and students at the United Nations International School in Queens, New York and returned to Corvallis to lecture to faculty and student leaders at Corvallis High School.

“As Paul shares, Peace Literacy provides a recipe for strong communities. Paul turns Maslow’s hierarchy on its head, giving us a lens to understand how trauma effects our students and what results when their non-physical needs are not met. Peace Literacy gives us the tools and vocabulary to build trust within our school.”  — Matt Boring, Principal, Corvallis High School

New university events included invites to the W. E. B. Du Bois Library Forum at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and the President’s Leadership Lecture Series at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Chappell also gave the 2nd Elling Peace Forum Lecture at the First Universalist Unitarian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, one of the largest Unitarian churches in the country. His talk on “Waging Peace: Building Blocks in the Foundation for Peace” was followed by a day-long workshop.

A West Point graduate, former army captain, and Iraq war veteran Chappell also spoke at a Veterans Voices Arts Workshop in Paso Robles, California and a Veterans Administration-sponsored Mental Health Summit in Fort Collins, Colorado.  

With promoting peace and supporting education as two of the six areas of focus for Rotary International, Chappell was welcomed as a speaker to a number of local, regional, and international Rotary events, such as the Los Angeles Rotary Literacy Breakfast and six district conferences. He also spoke at a Rotary Midwestern P.E.T.S – Presidents-Elect Training Seminar, to several hundred new Rotary club presidents, in Effingham, Illinois. Chappell was also invited as a main speaker for the Rotary International Institute, Zone 24-36, in Montreal, with an audience of four hundred former, current, and future district governors from Canada, the northeastern United States, and the Bahamas.

“If we aren’t taught the language of peace, how can it be spoken?”Michael Gardner, President of the Santa Barbara Rotary Club, after hearing Chappell’s presentation.

The NAPF Peace Literacy Initiative also welcomed Rotary Peace Fellow Emily Nabakooza, a native of Uganda and studying at the Rotary Peace Center at the University of Queensland in Australia, to do her fieldwork in training in Peace Literacy. She brings more than seventeen years of practical experience in global peace and development on both the strategic and operational levels with a focus on peace initiatives and youth. She sees an urgent need for Peace Literacy throughout the world, especially in the Global South.

“Peace Literacy emerges as an innovative peacebuilding approach with tools that every society, every leader, every peacebuilder so urgently needs to respond to our globally interconnected crises….Peace Literacy is a toolkit for creating peace that every community in the Global South requires to mitigate the social evils that are ripping our value systems apart.”– Ugandan Rotary Peace Fellow Emily Nabakooza

Nabakooza joined the Peace Literacy Team of Sharyn Clough and Susan Radford for series of autumn events in Winnipeg, Manitoba and to present at workshops with the Manitoba Department of Education and Training and the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.

In 2018 Chappell introduced a new pamphlet: “The World of Electric Light: Understanding the Seductive Glow of Screens,” which is built upon his first pamphlet, “A New Peace Paradigm: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma.” At every talk and workshop he now discusses the need to navigate a technologically complex world, to understand the allure of “Electric Light” and social media, virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence, and to recognize the urgency for a new ethical and conceptual framework as we seek to protect ourselves and our world from our five God-like technological powers.

Preview for 2019

For 2019 Chappell will offer professional development training in places such as the Campus International School in Cleveland, Ohio, the South Adams School District in Berne, Indiana, part of the “Building Resilient Families” Speakers Series at the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, New York, and to educators in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He will give a two-day training for counselors at the Houston Peace and Justice Peace Camp and will be a keynote speaker at the Prevent Child Abuse Iowa conference.

He will also introduce Peace Literacy to teachers and counselors at the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado.

“As a teacher and counselor educator, I can say the Peace Literacy curriculum created by Paul and his colleagues at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is the most comprehensive I have seen. … We will look back one day and know that Paul’s vision for the future, his path for our achieving it, and his prescription for us as a species were clearly inspired and prophetic.” – Dr. Nathalie Kees, Emerita Faculty, School of Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado


Upcoming Rotary events will include the Southwest P.E.T.S. (Presidents-Elect-Training Seminar) in Los Angeles and six district conferences, three in the U.S. and three in Canada. Rotary District 5110 will sponsor a Peace Literacy Symposium at Southwest Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Oregon, and Rotary District 5370 will organize a youth institute in Edmonton, Alberta.

At Oregon State University Chappell will co-teach with Professor Sharyn Clough in the Honors College PAX 415/Peace Literacy: Topics in Peace Studies. The 2019 Peace Literacy Summer Workshop will take place in Corvallis, Oregon, August 22-25, with a special emphasis on Peace Literacy in the workplace.

Chappell will also speak at the Youth Nuclear Abolition Summit in Winnipeg.

In collaboration with Peace Literacy Curriculum Coordinator Sharyn Clough and Curriculum Developer Susan Radford, he will continue to add to the Peace Literacy curriculum with his Peace Literacy Introduction, “The Allegory of Metis,” (Metis is a Greek world for wisdom and forethought), a four-part unit that teaches how to make good decisions, take effective actions, and unlock the power of waging peace, through a compelling allegory drawn from Greek mythology.

“The Landscape of Our Human Needs: An Allegory and Pictorial” will accompany A New Peace Paradigm: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma  and ““Navigating the World of Electric Light: An Allegory and Pictorial” will accompany The World of Electric Light: Understanding the Seductive Glow of Screens.

All of this is continuing to work towards the NAPF Peace Literacy goal: By 2028 Education in Peace Literacy will be recognized as a Universal Human Right.

“Peace Literacy has the capacity to repair our broken parts and create a nonviolent world anchored in dignity, meaning, purpose, and compassion for all. Given the crucial role that Peace Literacy can play, I support the recognition of education in Peace Literacy as a universal human right.”

–Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


Every Peace Literacy event will bring us closer to this goal.

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