History of The Peace Foundation Part 3
An original aim of the Foundation for Peace Studies was to sponsor a Chair of Peace Studies at one of New Zealand's universities. The then Christchurch Co-ordinator, Kate Dewes played a key role in helping to establish a number Peace Studies courses at the University of Canterbury. The Foundation has welcomed and helped support the initiative to establish the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. It has also helped to facilitate the introduction of Conflict Resolution courses at the Auckland University of Technology. Now, it works closely with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at University of Otago which was the initial aim of the Foundation. From the outset, the Foundation concentrated on providing resources and stimulus for peace education in educational institutions, as well as servicing community groups and the wider community. It participated in a series of conferences arranged by Russell Marshall, during his term as Minister of Education from 1987-1990, and made a major contribution to the development of the Government's Draft Peace Studies Guidelines for schools in 1988. It also acted as a catalyst for the formation and/or maintenance of a number of groups including Students and Teachers Educating for Peace (STEP), Media Aware and the World Court Project (see www.disarmsecure.org/ for more information on this project).
The Peace Foundation is at the forefront of peace education in schools and communities in New Zealand, and extends its services to other countries. It is proud of its contribution to peace education and the following are important highlights of its accomplishments. In collaboration with the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF), and in consultation with the Curriculum Development Unit of the former Department of Education, the Foundation published a resource book for teachers at the primary and intermediate level entitled Learning Peaceful Relationships. In 1986, as a contribution to the United Nations' International Year of Peace, the Foundation published a similar book for use in secondary schools entitled Extending Peaceful Relationships.