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39053323 Peace Education 1

39053323 Peace Education 1

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Published by: Fred Mednick, Founder on Mar 29, 2013
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D I S C U S S I O N S
 
Peace Education is an Ethical Imperative
Educating for peace is an ethical imperative considering the negation of life and well-being ethicsand even primal and indigenous spirituality have articulated principles and inspire the striving for peace.These ethical principles include the unity and value of life not only for human life but also other lifeforms in nature, respect for human dignity, nonviolence, justice, and love as a social ethic. They are principles that are highly encouraged for actualized because they are expected to bring us to the commongood.
Education for Peace. List of Knowledge Areas, Skills and Attitudes
1.Holistic Concept of PeaceIt is important that students understand that peace is not just the absence of direct or  physical violence but also the presence of of conditions of well-being, cooperation and justrelationships in the human and ecological spheres.2.Conflict and ViolenceConflicts are a natural part of person’s social life, but they become problems and violencedepebding on the methods of conflict resolution used.3.Some Peaceful AlternativesDisarmament- Learners can be introduced to the goal of abolishing war and reducingglobal armed forces and armaments. Non-violence- Learners can study the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of nonviolence as well a its efficacy as a method to effect change.Conflict resolution, transformation, and prevention
 
Students can study effective ways of resolving conflicts non violently and how these can be applied into their lives.Human Rights- It is important for learners to have an integral understanding of humanrights and reject all forms of repression and discrimination based on beliefs, race,ethnicity, gender, and social class.Human Solidarity- Many commonalities bind together divergent religious cultural, localand national groups. All humans have common basic needs and aspirations and a sharedmembership in an interdependent human/global community.Development based on justice- Learners can be made critically aware of the realities andtragic consequences of structural violence and how a philosophy of development basedon justice is a preferred alternatives.Democratization- It is important for learners to understand that democracy provides theenvironment within which people’s fundamental rights, interests and wishes arerespected.Sustainable development- Learners need to understand the interdependent relationship between humans and the natural environment and understand the changes that arenecessary to ensure the well-being of the earth’s ecosystems such that it can continue tomeet future and present needs.
Attitudes
 1.Self-respect- Having a sense of their self-worth and a sense of pride2.Respect for others- having a sense of worth and inherent dignity of other people

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