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Where in the World to Study Peace Education? Help us Build a Global Directory
an article by Global Campaign for Peace Education

There is a growing demand for peace education, yet few know of the learning opportunities that exist for gaining knowledge, developing capacities, and building the fundamental pedagogical skills for teaching peace.



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To address this lack of availability of information, the Global Campaign for Peace Education, in partnership with the International Institute on Peace Education and the National Peace Academy, is conducting a survey to inventory programs, courses, and workshops in peace education.

We need your help to build this inventory. If you are running a program, teaching a course, or are currently a student studying peace education, or have the necessary information about such a program, please take a few moments to complete our online form. We are interested in gathering information about current formal (university based), informal (conferences, non-university based trainings) and non-formal (independent, citizen-based) programs of study and ongoing trainings and workshops. Preliminary results will be published in April.

There is already sufficiently rich data related to peace studies programs, thus for this survey we are seeking to gather information specifically related to peace education programming. Elements specific to education, teaching and/or learning should be prominent in the courses that are submitted.

Peace education programming might be broken down into two broad categories 1) the study of education (systems, philosophy, pedagogy) and its role in building peace, and 2) teacher and learning facilitator training and preparation in peace education (theory, methodology, pedagogy). More simply stated, these categories are 1) the study of peace education and 2) preparation for the practice of peace education.

Programs, courses and trainings in these areas might include - but are not limited to - study of the philosophy of education, critical pedagogy, democratic education / citizenship education, emergency education, critical race theory, urban education, social justice education, restorative practices, conflict resolution (and mediation) education, development studies, human rights education and learning, gender equity and equality and women’s empowerment.

In general, we are interested in courses oriented towards adult learners or educators, not programs offered directly to students in schools.

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Letter from Mohatma Gandhi to Maria Montessori.

To Madame Montessori

Even as you, out of your love for children, are endeavoring to teach children, through your numerous institution, the best that can be brought out of them, even so, I hope that it will be possible not only for the children of the wealthy and the well-to-do, but for the children of paupers to receive training of this nature. You have very truly remarked that if we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won't have the struggle, we won't have to pass fruitless idle resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which, consciously or unconsciously, the whole world is hungering.

Mohatma Gandhi, Young India, 19-11-''31


This report was posted on March 15, 2014.