A Studentís Guide to Peace Education
"Youth have the energy, enthusiasm and ability to transform their lives and help make the world a better place in which to live."
- Craig Kielburger, 16 year old founder of Free the Children, an international youth organisation whose mission is to free children from poverty and exploitation and to empower young people to become leaders in their communities, nationally and internationally
Peace education is not just about what happens in school. It is not about what you need to know for the test or memorise to please the teacher. Peace education is about how you can help build the future and make your world a more peaceful place to live.
Peace education asks you to ask yourself:
What is PEACE?
Is there peace in my life? Where? In my classroom? In my family? In my community?
In my town? In my country?
Where in my life would I like to see more peace?
What is important for me to LEARN?
What can I DO with what I learn?
The curriculum units on this website are designed to guide you through these kinds of questions and help you think about PEACE and EDUCATION in different ways. But ultimately, what you learn -and what you do with what you learn- is up to YOU.
Lots of kids and young adults around the world are asking themselves what they can do to make the world a safer, healthier, greener, more fair and less violent place for everyone to live and grow. Young people have added their voices to a global call to end school violence, poverty, child labour, racial and gender discrimination, child soldiers, and brutal warfare. With so many challenges for the future, learning about peace in school is an important beginning.
This year, 2000, has been declared by the United Nations the International Year for the Culture of Peace and it is the first year in the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
Like the United Nations, teachers and students involved in peace education want to see young people get involved. Learning is not a passive process - it is an active experience. And it begins with you!
If you would like to get more involved, here is a list of some youth organisations currently working to make the world a more peaceful place:
And there are many more. What are some organizations working for peace and peace education near you? Please let us know. THANKS!