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Peace through Education
an article by Dr. Darleana McHenry

How do we use literacy to get children involved in the Peace process?

Children throughout the world are affected by war. Self magazines states that during the previous world wars 90% of the victims were the soldiers in the war. In modern wars 90% of the victims are women and children. Modern wars rely more on air raids and bombing which is indiscriminate of it's victims. How do children feel who have experienced war? How do children feel who may be called to fight a war in a region of the world that they know nothing of? How do we get the children in one nation talking to children in other nations?

The Global Perspective is a Nonprofit Organization committed to threegoals.1) Increasing educational opportunities for children in Third World Countries 2) Promoting peace and friendship throughout the world 3)Encouraging collaboration and research among professionals who share these goals globally. We publish a quarterly newsletter which supports these goals.

We are a membership organization, which currently has a research project called Embracing the Challenge of Educating the Adolescent girl in Latin American. We have a project Amigos a Amigos which promotes literacy in English Language Learners in the United States and in Latin America in English and Spanish.

So you see we are taking a very proactive stand in promoting peace through education. So I hope that you will join us and share this journey with us.

In the future, there will be photos on the website of the projects. The goals of the organization shall continue to remain the same as we build bridges of friendship in an effort to ensure that all children receive an education. So again welcome and I look forward to our journey together. See our website at


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Peace-building Stories, literacy development with peace-building

Can children be involved in the peace process through literacy?,

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Latest reader comment:

The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation not only encourages the sharing of good peace-building stories but the writing of them. Reading development for children occurs when they are exposed to good stories but if those stories also contain peace-building elements then they are also exposed to the language of peace-building and an associated consciousness lift can result. This peace-building language can be patterned when they begin writing their own stories and as a consequence to being instilled into their consciousness, peace-building can become a natural way of thinking and operating. Peace-building stories also present strong peace-building characters who enact peace-building principles often becoming heroes to the children. One example is the Gandhi like character in Herb the Vegeterian Dragon as he chooses peaceful resistance when issues arise. Literacy development and peace-building can occur together.

This report was posted on March 2, 2003.