Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education Study included in the Congressional Record

The DNP Education Study was included in the United States Congressional Record by Honorable George Miller (Democrat of California) on 22 November 2002. Under the title "A TIME AND A PLAN TO TEACH PEACE AND DISARMAMENT IN OUR SCHOOLS", Miller stated that he was delighted "to bring to the attention of my colleagues, and to their constituents who may wish to get involved in peace education, the recently released United Nations Study on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education."

 "The study," he said, "is the result of successful collaboration between the Hague Appeal for Peace - a citizen's organization dedicated to reducing wars and armed conflict and promoting reconciliation and economic development - the Government of Mexico and the United Nations Department of Disarmament Affairs. By working together - governments, civil society and the United Nations - the effort to sustain peace through education stands a greater chance of success. 

He stressed that education is a tool for enlightenment. "As H.G. Wells said in his 1921 work, The Outline of History, 'Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.' We would do well to heed his warning. Fortunately, the complacency and lack of interest in questions of disarmament and non-proliferation, especially about extant nuclear dangers and solutions, is slowly starting to break down. During talk of war and inspections of weapons of mass destruction, we find ourselves in a teachable moment."

"Mr. Speaker," he continued, "we are at a time in history when it is critical to embrace the idea that peace, dialogue, and disarmament can and should be taught in school and that it should be taught as an intergral part of school curricula and programs in the United States and across the world. And there has emerged a plan to help educators learn how to teach peace."

Congressman Miller then read into the record the recommendations of the Study. The record reflects the first twenty recommendations, stopping short of the total number due to space considerations. To view an Acrobat version of the actual Congressional record, including the twenty recommendations, go to URL: