strategy

Educating for peace

Synonyms:
Teaching for peace
Developing innovative peace education approaches
Providing education for peace
Improving education for peace
Educating about peacemaking
Teaching peacemaking
Description:
Instructing people to live with a worldview that maximizes nonviolent, noncompetitive ways of resolving conflicts.
Implementation:
UNESCO assists in the planning the development of human rights teaching and education for international understanding, cooperation and peace. Proposals are made for revision of curricula, textbooks and other teaching materials and teacher training schemes, taking into account the results of research dealing with the themes of peace and human rights.

In 1991, the Institute of Peace in the USA began to teach peacemaking issues in classrooms. The Institute's priorities for 1995 include, increasing its effort in education and training, and in the specialized areas of skills training in conflict resolution. In a short time in the USA, over 300 violence prevention programmes and 100 conflict resolution curricula have been made available by anti-violence groups to middle and high schools.

Claim:
1. Our schools must be revered places of learning and their most valuable lessons are those that teach the wisdom of peace and the folly of war.

2. The educational dimension, in that it orientates action and indicates operational routes, is an essential part of the peace activist and human rights defender. It allows the acquisition of new resources of non-violent power, the capacity to promote shared fundamental values, creativity, planning, competence, co-operation and communication. The management of these resources of non-violent power is partly entrusted to people's diplomacy, which is distinct from, but not necessarily opposed to, the diplomacy of states.

Counter Claim:
Violence, competition and anger are natural, creative human responses, needing to be used appropriately in honouring the other as much as affirmation, cooperation, compassion and all other natural responses.
Constrained by:
Romanticizing peace
Organizations:
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
International Union of Jewish-Islamic-Christian Dialogue and Peace Education
Inter-American Catholic Education Association
Peace Education Commission
European Peace University
Programme for Palestinian-European-American Cooperation in Education
Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development
International Movement - Educators for Peace and Mutual Understanding
University for Peace
UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network
Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Grace Contrino Abrams Peace Education Foundation
International Institute on Peace Education
Stichting Vredeseducatie
Peace Education Working Group
UMTAPO Centre - Peace Education Centre
Institute for Peace and Justice, St Louis MO
International Peace Movement of Educators
Peace and Human Rights in Education
Canadian Peace Research and Education Association
Institute for Peace Education of Tübingen
International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy
Peace Education Project, London
Center for Peace Education, Carrboro NC
Australian Peace Education and Research Association
International University of Peoples Institutions for Peace
Philippine Council for Peace and Global Education
International Association of Educational Peace Officers
Earth and Peace Education Associates International
African Centres for Peace Education and Training
Institute of Global Education
Peace Education Center, Columbia University
Centre for Peace Education and Conflict Resolution
International Cetacean Education Research Centre
Laboratory of Education for Peace
Hiroshima Peace Institute
International Educators for Peace
Peace Education University Network
Global Campaign for Peace Education
Peace Action Education Fund
Baltic International Centre of Human Education - Cooperation for Peace
International Association of Educators for Peace
Subjects:
Education
Educators
Peacekeeping
Development
Reform
Type Classification:
F: Exceptional strategies