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Teacher training in nonviolent conflict resolution (France)
an article by Press release from Coordination pour l’éducation à la non-violence et à la paix

The Peillon Act for school reform of the French republic, finally adopted on June 25, establishes "training in prevention and non-violent conflict resolution" for all initial training of teachers and education personnel as well as continuing education through the Graduate Schools of Teaching and Education (ESPE) as mandated by this law (Art. 70, § 15).

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The Coordination for the education of non-violence and peace welcomes the fact that these courses in non-violent conflict resolution will be introduced in the training of teachers and education personnel. This was demanded by the national campaign launched in 2002 that was supported by many organizations with a petition signed by thousands of people.

The Coordination welcomes the political engagement of ministers Vincent Peillon and George Pau- Langevin and the work of the parliamentary majority, particularly that of Jean-Pierre Sueur, senator from Loiret - who filed a bill to this effect in July 2011, signed by 50 senators and senators - and the environmental group of the Senate who requested that these courses should be included in the law.

These courses will allow teachers and all adults working in schools to develop or acquire the necessary skills for making the school a place of benevolence and human achievement. They will be key to improving school climate, preventing violence and promoting student learning.

The Coordination will press for application of the law in the ESPE by ensuring that its member associations work for the implementation of these courses beginning in autumn 2013.

Coordination also hope that very soon the students from kindergarten to university, can also benefit from an education in non-violence and peace in their schools.

(Click here for a French version of this article)


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Peace Studies in School Curricula, What would it take to make it happen around the world?

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Latest reader comment:

During the Asian Educators Symposium, we found out that Peace Education is still not part of the school curriculum in most countries. However, the participating teachers have been incorporating peace education in their teaching subjects, such as English, social studies, and character education. We all agreed that love and the will to nurture peace in children are the most important basis for peace education. Even if peace education is not a part of the curriculum, peace can be taught through any subject. Whatever you are teaching, if it comes from the heart, then it will touch the minds of children.

This report was posted on July 18, 2013.