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Academy for Peace Costa Rica
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The mission of the Academy for Peace is to empower every Costa Rican child to pass the practice of BePeace to the next generation. BePeace™ is a practice that combines a scientifically proven method for "feeling peace" with a clear path for "speaking peace" that creates an authentic, compassionate connection. As we learn this practice, we are empowered to pass it on, to "teach peace".

To fulfill this mission, Academy for Peace trainers are implementing a national BePeace “train-the-facilitator” program in the public school system. These facilitators learn to train teachers, students and parents in the BePeace practice, with an emphasis on mediation as a way to resolve daily conflicts at school. This program is provided at no cost to the schools. 

Two skills are essential for achieving nonviolence as a way of life:

  • Feeling peace, defined as the ability to remain peaceful under stress (emotional skill).
  • Speaking peace, or the ability to communicate empathically and honestly (social skill).

Perhaps the best way to explain how these two methods work together in BePeace is to share how it was used by a trainer with one student. read more

Passing the skills of “feeling peace” and “speaking peace” from generation to generation.

Founder, Rita Marie Johnson (second from left) with Women of Power panel members at the International Women’s Peace Conference.

In September 2005, the Academy for Peace received first place, among 79 projects from 32 countries, for the prestigious Changemakers Innovation Award: Building a More Ethical Society. This award was sponsored by the international Ashoka Foundation. read more