Global Peace Path
The "Global Peace Path" project has begun and serves to demonstrate how Intercultural Service Learning can be implemented in the foreign language classroom. Educationalists from Germany and worldwide have been invited to participate. It is carried out at the Department of TEFL of the University of Munich (LMU) by Dr. Petra Rauschert and Claudia Owczarek.
The project "Global Peace Path" started in the summer semester of 2018 and involved collaboration between LMU students and participants with refugee status (or applying for refugee status) from Munich and the surrounding area.
During two full-day workshops on April 21 and May 5, 2018 ("Meet & Write" and "Meet and Mediate") participants collaboratively wrote poems on the topic of peace. Working in international teams, all texts were produced in three languages – English, German, and the native language of an international team member. The texts were printed on signs and permanently erected alongside the Karlsfelder See, a lake to the northwest of Munich.
More impressions from the workshops can be found here.
The opening event of the Global Peace Path took place at Karlsfelder See on June 25, 2018.
More pictures of the opening can be found here.
The "Global Peace Path" is based on the pedagogical concept of Intercultural Service Learning, which combines formal learning and community service. In this case, foreign language learning is linked to broader educational frameworks such as Intercultural Citizenship Education and Education for Democratic Competences. The project intends to contribute to intercultural understanding and jointly strives towards peace while using the foreign language in a meaningful way. The present project is the starting point of a Germany and worldwide initiative. It is hoped that, in the long run, groups from all over the world will join in and conduct follow-up projects, whereby striving towards peace will become a global joint venture.
Watch our trailer for further information and impressions!
This short trailer provides information on how the Global Peace Path project started. We hope to inspire many people to conduct follow-up projects, so it will literally become a Global Peace Path!
Join the Global Peace Path project now!
Write poems on the topic of peace and display them in a public space, so people other than the producers of the texts can read them. Basically any mode of presentation is welcome starting from signs that are put up in a park to posters in a public building or even artful installations.
You have created a new station of the Global Peace Path? Email us pictures and the location! We will collect all contributions and document on a world map how the idea is spreading.
Please contact us:
Project information in German can be found on the platform of our International Service Learning Network .
We collected the twenty poems that formed the starting point of the Global Peace Path in a little chapbook. You will find the entire volume here and hope you will enjoy reading the poetry!
Global Peace Path Map
Use the enlarge symbol in top-right corner of the map to see all projects. The link 'Project documentation' will lead you to the poems and pictures.
- Münchner Uni Magazin
- MELTA News
- Süddeutsche Zeitung
- Bayrischer Rundfunk
- Münchner Merkur
- Karlsfelder Magazin
- Münchner Wochenanzeiger
We would like to thank our sponsors:
Student research on the Global Peace Path