Now in its third year, the Thinkers Lodge Peace Institute Program (PIP) was inaugurated in 2011 and specializes in “teaching teachers” how to inspire students in their own classrooms, schools and communities to actively engage in the peace process. These Institutes, held on-site at Thinkers Lodge National Historic Site in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, are aimed at Graduate-level students (in-service teachers). Through holistic, critical deconstruction and exploration, students are challenged to understand the concept of peace by actively engaging in authentic, hands-on, reflective, participatory experiential learning. Using numerous modalities of learning, a multitude of proficiencies are “mastered”, thereby creating a new space for these teachers to become empowered change-agents who are then catalysts for significant, positive and peaceful social change.

Inaugural Peace Institute – July 2011