Gaia Education at the Luxembourg Peace Prize awards - Ceremony
"Using education as a tool for peace and sustainability as a means to keep it"
Today marks a monumental moment for our Gaia Education community. Founder Ross Jackson and Co-Chief Executive Pedro Pedrosa attended the Luxembourg Peace Prize today, June 17th, awarded by The Schengen Peace Foundation.
Ross Jackson presented the history of Gaia Education and stories about its birth roots in the Gaia Trust and GEN - Global Ecovillage Network. Alongside Gaia Education organisations and individuals from all over the world accepted their awards and prizes across many categories.
See the programme of the ceremony and the other peace pirates, activists, teachers, and advocates below;
09:30 World Peace Flag Mandala
“May Peace Prevail on Earth”
10:00 Welcome Message from EU Parliament
Charles Goerens, Member of European Parliament, Luxembourg
10:15 The Global Peace Index 2021/2022
Steve Killelea, Executive Chairman and Founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Australia
11:00 Music for PEACE
Elena Prokina, vocalist, Ukraine, accompanied by Nadiya Balych and Natalia Demchuk(Ukrainian duo Belle Bandura) performing Valentin Silvestrov ” Прощай, свiте, …”( Farewell, world …) Poetry of Taras Shevtchenko from op. ” Silent songs”
11:15 History of the Schuman Building
Christoph Schroeder, Head of the European Parliament Office in Luxembourg
11:25 -"Human Evolution and Peace"
Anna Bacchia, Switzerland, Researcher, Teacher, Writer, Innovator.
Founder and Director of the Consciousness Institute, Lugano, Switzerland. Creative Member of ‘the Club of Budapest’ and Research Fellow of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research.
11:30 OUTSTANDING PEACE ACTIVIST
Dr. Kevin Clements, New Zealand, Director of Toda Peace Institute.
With a commitment to peace for over 50 years, Dr. Kevin Clements is a consultant to a variety of non-government and government organizations on conflict resolution, peacebuilding, disarmament, arms control and human security issues.
11:45 OUTSTANDING PEACE EDUCATION
Gaia Education, accepted by Ross Jackson, Denmark
Gaia Education welcomes students from every corner of the earth to its leading-edge Education for Sustainable Development. Gaia Education espouses the ethos that education is the best tool to fight for a more regenerative future and reverse our climate crisis.
12:00 OUTSTANDING PUBLIC PEACE EFFORTS
Peace Barcelona 2025, Spain, accepted by Felix Bentz, Spain.
Creators of the Walk-Path to Peace, this international project uses public space with the dual intention of recreational and cultural-educational activities, to make the Walk-Path to Peace a space of citizen participation and a world reference for peace.
12:15 OUTSTANDING PEACE TECHNOLOGY
Frances Haugen, United States, Data Scientist and Algorithmic Engineer Consultant – accepted by Libby Liu, Outstanding Peace Technology Laureate 2021.
Frances advocates for accountability & transparency in social media. She has dedicated her life to supporting regulators, oversight agencies, investigative journalists, civil society groups, think tanks, human rights organizations, governments and survivors in navigating the algorithmic area of social media.
13:15 Announcement of the 2023 World Peace Forum
Felix Bentz, Spain, President of the Reial Cercle Artistic in Barcelona
Simone Beissel, MP and Alderman of the City of Luxembourg, responsible for Sport
13:30 Music for PEACE
Nicolas Maggi Berrueta, Violinist, Uruguay Thais Meditation by Jules Massenet
13:40 OUTSTANDING YOUTH PEACEMAKER
Nicolas Maggi Berrueta, Uruguay, Miguel de Cervantes Conservatory
Nicolas, a 15 year old teenager, has created an institute of music in his town in Uruguay, allowing children without means to learn and enjoy the power of music.
13:45 OUTSTANDING INNER PEACE
Professor Scherto Gill, United Kingdom, Director of Global Humanity for Peace Institute.
Interested in understanding peace, human well-being and global flourishing as dynamic processes, Professor Scherto GIll has been exploring ways to apply these ideas in peacebuilding, educational innovation, community regeneration, and social transformation.
14:00 OUTSTANDING SPORTS FOR PEACE
F.C. Barcelona Foundation, Spain, accepted by Marta Segu and Yolanda Antin
Foundation Barcelona Football Club has fostered a methodology based on five values: humility, effort, ambition, respect and teamwork. It is pioneering within Spain and worldwide its strong advocacy that the power of sport promotes social inclusion, justice, development and peace.
14:15 Outstanding Environmental Peace 2021
Water Peace & Security, Netherlands, accepted by Susanne Schmeier
Data is fundamental to understanding how water shortages translate into social consequences. Water Peace and Security Partnership develops innovative tools that identify and address water-related security risks worldwide.
14:30 Outstanding Peace Support
Dominicus Rohde, Germany – President of Schengen Peace Foundation and World Peace Forum, accepted posthumously by his son, Tomas Villar Rohde.
Dominicus founded the Schengen Peace Foundation and the World Peace Forum to educate and connect peace builders. His profound qualities of joyfulness, vision and networking created a springboard for many projects around the globe.
I am so honored to be part of this beautiful net of life. Gratitude !
It is well deserved !
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