The PeaceJam Foundation will conduct a series of four to six small dialogues between Nobel Peace Laureates, capturing their wisdom to be shared with the world at large, and with young people especially. The dialogues will occur over a two year period between 2007 and 2008 at locations around the world, including Cape Town, South Africa, Galway, Ireland, and San Jose, Costa Rica. The PeaceJam Foundation will serve as organizers and recorders of the dialogues. The dialogues will be filmed for a potential series with BBC World. They will also be transcribed for a book called 'We Speak As One,' that will be published for world-wide distribution. The aim of the dialogues is to encourage synergy and coherence among the Nobels' voices as directed toward the education of youth in the world. They're aimed specifically at a global call to action, to encourage youth in acts of peace and service.
The PeaceJam Foundation is home of PeaceJam, a leadership training program for youth of all ages. Young people have a unique opportunity to study the PeaceJam curriculum, which focuses on 12 Nobel Peace Laureates, their words, their work, and also on issues facing young people today (such as violence and oppression). The curriculum is standards based and also incorporates peacemaking, leadership, and conflict resolution skills. The curriculum is taught by trained community leaders, teachers, and mentors through schools and community based organizations.
Since February of 1996 (the launch of PeaceJam), nearly 500,000 youth worldwide have participated in the program. Each student has had a minimum of 45.5 contact hours with their teacher, mentor, community leader, or PeaceJam staff member. The PeaceJam program is a model program that has been duplicated and delivered both nationwide and internationally.
To date, 12 Nobel Peace Laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, President Oscar Arias, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Máiread Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams, Prime Minister José Ramos Horta, Aung San Suu Kyi, the late Sir Joseph Rotblat (Emeritus), Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi serve as Members of the PeaceJam Foundation. This commitment supports a series of gatherings of the Nobel Peace Laureates, to encourage the synergy and coherence of their voices as directed toward the education of youth in the world today.