This week we are sharing with you the second part of the article on Education for a Culture of Peace by Eleni Kotziamani. This week Eleni wrote about Education for a Culture of Peace… What it is and Why it is necessary… If you are an educator and you want to learn more about Education for a Culture of Peace, keep following us and do not hesitate to contact us … Looking forward to receiving your feedback…Enjoy!
“If one morning every woman and man alive will say to the first person they meet that day ‘Good Morning’ and mean it, this will be the first morning of peace” (Koenig, 2001, p. 1)
“A Culture of Peace can be described, in a very simplistic way, as a culture where all individuals enjoy their rights and respect and promote those of others, where there is an equal distribution of resources, the needs of the current and future generations are met, societies are democratic and individuals are a part of the decision-making process, disagreements or disputes are settled in peaceful ways (rather than resorting to violence and war) and governments, along with civil society, play an active role in promoting all the above (U.N. General Assembly, 53/243, 1999).
Education plays a vital role in promoting a Culture of Peace. Different fields within education work towards achieving a Culture of Peace. Those fields are: gender studies, human rights, children’s rights, environmental education, conflict resolution studies, human security, development studies, intercultural education, citizenship and democratic education, and migrant education. These are all inter-related issues that have the goal of enabling individuals to act upon their environment and transform their societies into more peaceful ones. Education for a Culture of Peace can be considered the methodology that one can use to develop a Culture of Peace. International law and human rights conventions are the foundations that support the field and make it stronger and more stable to the wind. The schematic representation below enables the reader to understand this concept better.”
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