At the end of every class, Maya Soetoro-Ng asks her students to consider one thing. To think about what they can do, in that day, to further the course of peace in their community. Her brother is former US President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Barack Obama. But as a peace educator herself, Maya says we can’t leave conflict resolution up to governments.
We are not doing anybody a favour by waiting for government to solve our problems, by looking at top down solutions. We really need to think about engaging our communities, our resources, human and otherwise, to build a sense of resilience.
A childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii shaped her understanding of community but her years as a teacher in New York taught her the importance of an integrative approach to teaching peace.
I thought it was so sad that these kids who had subway passes that would take them to all five boroughs never really went beyond the ten block radius.
Since then, Maya has devoted her life to growing a generation of peace-builders and has developed a unique peace education program focussed on integration.
You really need to have home, family and community in mutual support of one another.
Listen to Maya Soetoro-Ng explain the C’s of Peace here.
About Our Guest:
Maya Soetoro-Ng is the Director of Community Outreach and Global Learning at the Spark M Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii, and the Founder of Ceeds of Peace.