Our organisation has benefitted from funded research that investigated the vibrancy of two schools; one in South Australia and the other in Kathmandu, Nepal. A driving question of the research was ‘What makes your school work?’ The title of the research is “Sustainable social systems: An exploration of practices that bring vibrancy to two culturally diverse school environments serving poor communities”. The research is accompanied by a DVD entitled: ‘Changing the World One child at a Time’.
Our team includes several researchers with interests in sustainability (social and ecological), community and education. If you would like to engage us for research please contact Joan in the first instance.
The GCP team has a strong focus on education and our team holds experience spanning primary, secondary and tertiary education. We are available for consultation to teaching programs and can provide support through the creation of frameworks for teaching that foster social justice and sustainable outcomes.
We have developed two teaching frameworks to accompany the “Stolen Series”, written by Jerry Piasecki and published by GCP (Global Communities for Peace INC) in hardcopy and ebook format. These two books tell the stories of Aboriginal children from the APY lands living in a remote community and a family who moves to the city and the many challenges they face. The teaching frameworks created by GCP provide teachers with a structure for including the books in their curriculum.
As part of selfless service we host regular fundraising events to support the community in Nepal. Our close relationship with the Nepali community has been built over a decade of engagement both in Australia and in Nepal. We usually host four events each year with all proceeds going to the Nepali community, however due to the need for social distancing in response to the current pandemic our events have been placed on hold.
We have set up a GoFundMe campaign which we will keep open for the duration of the pandemic as a way of capturing donations for the community. The impact of the pandemic has been significant on our friends in Nepal and every donation we receive has a positive impact in the daily lives of this community. If you can help, please consider donating to the GoFundMe campaign.
Peace building is core to our purpose and underpins all the work we do. Over the past decade we have developed and organised a number of peace focussed events, which were run annually for many years. Our Reconciliation Peace Walk event won the Australia Day Community Event Award in 2016.
GCP Reconciliation Peace Walk
GCP and Aboriginal Elders from the Kaurna Community, Port Adelaide and Enfield Council and schools developed a Peace and Reconciliation Walk held each year as part of Reconciliation Week. The walk was to acknowledge the sacred space and history of Lartelare Park across the river in Port Adelaide and celebrate with the Kaurna community and the Brodie family custodians of this sacred space and story.
The GCP Peace Is Personal Art Exhibition was also held during Reconciliation Week. We invited local artists and schools to take park in sharing through different mediums a way of expressing what Peace meant to them.