Who we are
Peace and Nonviolence Education Australasia was inspired on 1st January 2017 by the Papal Peace Message entitled Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.
This led to Pace e Bene Australia successfully applying for a grant from the Australian Research Theology Foundation (ARTFinc) to develop a senior school pilot curriculum unit (Years 11/12) which was piloted in four Anglican Schools in Perth in the first half of 2018, following the delivery of half day and one day Professional Development programs for RE staff who would be teaching the unit.
The network of participating schools and school-systems expanded from there, with subsequent PD programs in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane, and national gatherings of teachers in Adelaide (2018) and Melbourne (2019).
The network developed through the support of school 'systems' as well as some project grant funding from Pace e Bene Australia. We continue our work as a network of professionals who are passionate about peace education and developing cultures of peace in Christian schools.
As at 2021 the collaboration involves the following organisations and is guided by a Steering Group of volunteer professionals
Pace e Bene Australia
Anglican Schools Commission WA Inc
Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA)
Anglican Schools Commission South Queensland
Anglican Schools of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia
Here are the presentation slides about our work, presented at the Raising Peace online forum in September 2021.
Peace Education Symposium
I grew up in the ‘troubled’ Northern Ireland in a culture deeply embedded with discrimination and destructive violence, alongside an equally embedded tradition of Celtic music, dance, poetry and storytelling.
I have been fascinated by this complex mix ever since. My long-term passion is to continue learning about sustainable, nonviolent peace building, through practical experimentation with conflict transformation and spiritual reflection. In recent times, I have been working with others in the development of curriculum resources as part of a growing global movement towards peace and nonviolence education in schools and communities at all levels.
Michael has been an educator for over thirty years and is the Manager Religious Education and Faith Formation for Catholic Education South Australia. Michael is leading the redesign of Crossways: the Religious Education Curriculum for SA Catholic Schools, which is incorporating the importance of nonviolence in an understanding of and praxis for the world God desires. This initiative is integrated with the promotion of nonviolent pedagogies which honour the voice and agency of children and young people.
Jo Hart is an Education Officer with Edmund Rice Education Australia. She supports EREA schools to provide an education for justice and peace that is safe and inclusive for all. She brings her experience as an educator in Catholic secondary schools, and leadership in the Identity area, to the Peace and Nonviolence Education Australasia project. She is passionate about coming to understand and practise ways of being in the world that don’t just seek peace but live peace and explore how we can invite young people into this way of being.
Jacqui Chesley-Ingle is an Anglican priest and school chaplain at Hukarere Girls’ College - the last remaining Māori Anglican girls boarding school (146 years old) located in Napier, Aotearoa/New Zealand.
A descendant of the people of Parihaka, who in 1881, made history through their non-violent and peaceful resistance against government troops invading and confiscating Māori land.
Through this genealogical and historical connection an avid interest has grown in peace education and the developing of the culture of peace within the school environment.
Gillian Moses is an Anglican priest and school chaplain at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane. She has particular interests in gender relationships, education, community building and the formation of young people. She sees the principles and tools of peace and nonviolence as an effective alternative narrative to the dominant paradigms which shape the world, and with which our students must be equipped to contend.
Penelope is the Anglican Schools Commission’s (ASC) Director of Teaching and Learning. Her main responsibilities are to provide leadership of Religious Studies in Anglican schools, support ASC schools in their provision of Religious Studies, provide pedagogical leadership of Teaching and Learning and support ASC schools in their preparation of students for Senior Study.
Michael Wood was involved in the initial pilot program which led to the development of Peace and Nonviolence Education Australasia. He is a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Chaplain to the University of Western Australia and works in private practice as a professional coach and facilitator of dialogic collaborative processes. He has had a long standing interest in nonviolent theology and the leadership practices which help nurture cultures of peace in churches.