June 2012


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SOP Posters Posted Online

Bruce Van Voorhis

The history and issues of the First Nations of Canada are depicted
 in a poster by SOP participant Mariam Leah Faith Sainnawp

One aim that Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) hopes to achieve during its 14-week School of Peace (SOP) is that the participants learn to reflect more deeply on the issues in their own community and country. Once the participants have more clarity about the concerns of their societies, learning how to better share this deeper understanding with others becomes important.

Lisa Bade of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Cambodia spent several weeks on the campus of Visthar in Bangalore, India, where SOP was held to teach the 20 participants from 12 countries how to use art, such as sculptures and posters, to communicate their issues more effectively.

For the Festival of Justpeace, or Bhoomi Habba (Celebration of the Earth) as the 2012 festival was called, that was held on May 5 near the conclusion of SOP, the SOP participants erected sculptures on the Visthar campus and filled a classroom with posters, mobiles and other exhibits that shared the cultures and explained the issues of people in Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, England, Papua in Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, the United States and Vietnam.

To reach a wider audience, ICF has now made these SOP posters available online at <http://icf.daga.org/sop/sop2012/posters/sop2012posters3.htm> so that others can learn from them as well as download and print them for their own education and advocacy activities.