Voices Compassionate Education, formerly known as the Voices Education Project, is the education and curriculum arm of the Charter for Compassion International.
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For the third year, Voices has compiled a new edition of Words and Violence. The emphasis in this edition is on performing arts as a tool of communication. Learn more about the concept of story and the social responsibility artists have to their public. View excerpts of films made by award winning filmmaker, Ron Haese, who works to make the world a better place by inspiring kids to make the world a better place in which to live. Learn how music instructor and composer, Jay Thomas, has written music that is an anthem about bullying; and read how dance can tell a story.
Hip-Hop has been promenient in the music scene for the last few decades. Learn more of its history and meet Head-Roc, the Hip-Hop Mayor of DC. Words and Violence also features three of Head-Roc's videos in this edition.
Dance is a powerful tool for communication as well as offering an avenue to peace. Learn more about the Call for Peace dance troupe and their commitment to unite more than 26 dance company directors and performers representing more than 10 different cultures in a theatrical performance entitled “Dancing the Dream: A New Hope for Humanity.” Two memoirs in the form a case study round out this new edition: "If I Am Not for Me" by Joanna and "Black Girl Lessons" by Jamia N. Wilson.
A new annotated bibliography on Bullying has been added to this edition of Words and Violence.
Read our latest Playback story, "Matti: The Eritrean and the American" In 1978, 22-year-old Matti was working for Malloti, an Italian Brewery company based in Eritrea. In just a few months, the world as he knew it changed as a "red terror' enveloped the country. In this Playback story, Matti relates his life to Lily Ghebrai. Read how he became part of Eritrea's struggle for independence and an immigrant to the United States. See some of the art that Matti created during those turbulent war years in his Playback story. Read another Playback story written by Lily about her parents and their journey through the war years.