Oleander Initiative

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

About us

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.

The Oleander Initiative is implemented by UME (ume.org), A 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization based in Cambridge, MA USA.

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

Oleander Initiative News

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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About us

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.