Peace Education

 

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Peace Education


The number one priority of negotiation is to ensure peace - yet for all this, war and violence is all around us. There is little doubt that teaching peace is one of the most important educational goals - peace can indeed be taught and learned. This fact forms the foundation and the core postulation for peace education. The objectives of peace education can be summarized thus:

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"Peace education should contribute towards changing the world. Peace education should reduce the willingness of individuals to resort to violence, and uncover and eliminate structures of violence in human relations, in all areas of society and between states."
[from: Susanne Lin, Stichwort "Friedenserziehung" (Peace Education); in: Handwörterbuch Umweltbildung, published by v. Oskar Brilling/Eduard W. Kleber, Baltmannsweiler: Schneider-Verlag Hohengehren 1999, 68-70]

This D@dalos Main Subject Group has been conceived to address the theoretical foundation of peace education and to deal and provide knowledge about the background of scientific research on peace and conflict. Moreover, this Main Subject Group is also about providing practical ways to approach peace education. After all, this subject enables the deep wealth of resources on D@dalos to be brought together. The comprehensive learning materials available online here on Human and Children's Rights make an important contribution to understanding this subject, as do the lives of pre-eminent people such as (Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi etc.), which are available as part of the Human Examples Main Subject Group.

We are delighted that we were able to find experienced partners to help us develop this online information on what can only be described as a difficult subject. We would like to thank the prominent experts in this field at the Institute for Peace Education in Tübingen, Germany for their fruitful collaboration. These experts like to underline the importance of "conflictability", that is, the ability to deal with conflict:

"Conflictability can be understood as the central goal and core of peace education. The aim of peace education is to provide people with the skills they need to cope with conflict in a constructive way and to prevent escalation, or rather, to enable reconciliation between warring parties and this at an (...) individual, community and international level."
[Günther Gugel / Uli Jäger, Institute for Peace Education Tübingen e.V.]

As with the other Main Subject Groups, you can use the written Table of Contents or the illustrated Overview to get a general summary of the online Peace Education Main Subject Group. We hope that you enjoy working with this Main Subject Group!

"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." – Mahatma Gandhi



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