Education and Peace

A UN report that came out some years ago, titled THE IMPACT OF ARMED CONFLICT ON CHILD DEVELOPMENT makes some interesting comments around education…

“Education has a crucial preventive and rehabilitative part to play in fulfilling
the needs and rights of children in conflict and post-conflict situations.
Education also serves much broader functions. It gives shape and structure to
children’s lives and can instil community values, promote justice and respect
for human rights and enhance peace, stability and interdependence.”

“Educating for peace

All sectors of society must come together to build “ethical frameworks”, integrating traditional values of cooperation through religious and community leaders with international legal standards, such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Some of the groundwork for this can be laid in schools. Both the content and the process of education should promote peace, social justice, respect for human rights and the acceptance of responsibility. Children need to learn the skills of negotiation, problem solving, critical thinking and communication that will enable them to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence. To achieve these goals, a number of countries have already undertaken peace education programmes.”


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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