Bruce Van Voorhis
The history and issues of the First Nations of Canada are
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
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.