“RISE of PEACE.” (a.k.a. “RISE”) is a peace education program for high school students and those colleges expressing an interest. RISE of Peace Inc. is a Vermont non-profit corporation and a tax deductible, Section 501(c)3 "Public Charity" under the United States Internal Revenue Code. The RISE curriculum teaches critical thinking about the origins of conflict and solutions for peace.
Each curriculum is tailored for specific schools. There is no cost. RISE presents an opportunity for any school to expand its educational curricula to include the fundamentals of peace and the concept of conflict resolution skills. Volunteer professionals confer with current school faculty to provide a relevant supplement to an existing curriculum.
RISE views peace as not merely the cessation of war but as a desirable alternative to conflict. The RISE rationale is that if we can agree that conflicts have historically reflected conscious decision-making, then perhaps we can also agree that alternative goals reached through critical thinking can result in peaceful outcomes.
RISE seeks to promote discussion of conflict and peace with an understanding of the potential for non-violent solutions in achieving peace. When collaborating or proposing to a local school, RISE will seek to understand how regional politics, cultural sensitivities, religious tenets or national laws may vary.
Students completing the RISE part of any school curriculum may be recognized with a certificate evidencing that the student has qualified as a “RISE of Peace Envoy.”SM Whether this certification leads to academic credit is at the discretion of each school authority that adopts RISE.