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Ever wish that our education system went beyond teaching reading, writing and arithmetic? What if we incorporated important issues like human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics into our classrooms so that students were given the opportunity to work on their compassion as well as their reading comprehension?

If you’re an educator and think that expanding education to include compassion is a great idea, we’ve got the perfect event for you. Educating for a Just, Peaceful & Sustainable Future, a humane education conference featuring keynotes from Dr. Jane Goodall, Arun Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) and Zoe Weil, will bring together teachers, educational administrators, change-makers, policymakers, humane educators and concerned citizens to learn “new skills to communicate and teach others about the most important issues of our time.”

Goodall said about the conference, “I am delighted to participate in the Educating for a Just, Peaceful & Sustainable Future humane education conference. One of the most important messages I share, as I give lectures around the world, is the importance of education for creating lasting, positive change for the earth, animals, and all people. At this conference participants will discover many ways in which they can teach others so that together we can make the world a better place for all living things – everyday.”

Anyone who wants to sign up can take advantage of the early bird discount and secure their spot for this September 21st event taking place at NYU in New York City. Along with the keynote speeches, attendees will take part in workshops, and even walk in a peace parade.

Imagine how quickly the world could change if students were taught how to speak out against injustice from an early age. In one generation, how many of today’s most pressing issues could be solved? That’s the aim of this conference, to help create a better world through education. Are you in?

A big thank you to HEARTJane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots and the Institute for Humane Education, the three biggest names in humane education, for putting this event together.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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