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The Oleander Initiative gathers educators from around the world to transform the lessons of Hiroshima into impactful peace education activities for their students.


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The Oleander Initiative gathers educators from around the world  transform the lessons of Hiroshima into relevant and impactful peace education activities for their students.  The Oleander Initiative generates deep awareness of the catastrophic humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and equips participants with intellectual tools for conflict resolution and mutual understanding.


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“The Oleander Initiative has educated me on not only the facts of Hiroshima, but the importance of loving and caring for each other, despite initial conflicts. I feel ready to now share my story of Hiroshima with communities across the world, advocating for greater peace, happiness and love towards our world and everything in it.”
Heidi
HeidiYouth Leader from United Kingdom
I feel that it is vitally important, to the very future of this world, that Oleander continue to grow and thrive; to tell, and re-tell, the stories of Hiroshima, and grow stories of its own, of the remarkable interactions between members of civil society from around the world and the peace-minded people of Japan.
Denise
DeniseMA State Representative (USA)
The need for educational programs such as the Oleander Initiative is as urgent today as never before. Peace education is, to my mind, the only means to counter the discourse of hate, demonization, exclusion, racism and violence.
Youssef
Youssef Teacher from Morocco
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The Oleander Initiative is implemented by UME (ume.org), A 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization based in Cambridge, MA USA. UME’s Dun and Bradstreet # is 018827043

Letters of Endorsement for the Oleander Initiative

Mayor Kazumi Matsui of Hiroshima

Edward Markey, United States Senator of Massachusetts

Henry Rosovsky, Former Interim President of Harvard University

Farouk El Baz,  Director, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University

Herbert Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Harvard University


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UME Oleander Pilot Program Academic Objectives

The Oleander Pilot Program is a week-long cultural, intellectual, and professional exchange among a selected group of educators from throughout the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), the US and Japanese educators and students. This program will take place in Hiroshima, Japan, and focus on generating educational content based on the devastation caused by the atomic bombing of the city on August 6, 1945.


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The Oleander Initiative gathers educators from communities around the world to work together and transform the lessons of Hiroshima into relevant and impactful peace education activities for their students.