Brazil: Public hearing discusses education for culture of peace


An article from Aqui Acontece (translated by CPNN)

The Commissions of Culture and Education of the House of Representatives today (8 October) held a public hearing to discuss educational experiences focused on culture of peace. The debate was suggested by Jandira Feghali (Communist Party of Brazil – Rio de Janeiro) and Aliel Machado (Communist Party of Brazil – Paraná ).

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Jandira Feghali says there is a culture of “systemic violence” in schools in Brazil. “Children, adolescents and adults suffer daily from direct violence (assault, bullying, etc.) and indirect violence (lack of school material conditions and surroundings),” she says.

The congresswoman recalls that culture of peace issues are already widely promoted by international bodies like the United Nations and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“In Brazil, Peace studies has emerged in various universities, generating quality arguments, and dozens of cities have developed everyday projects of education for peace, generating changes in the focus of coping with violence by learning nonviolence or peace, “said Mrs.

The parliamentarian also quotes the National Education Plan (PNE), which provides policies to combat violence in schools, “including the development of actions aimed at training educators to detect the signs of the causes of violence, such as domestic and sexual violence, favoring the adoption of adequate measures to promote the construction of a culture of peace and a school environment with security for the community. ”

Representative Aliel Machado says that even with that provision in the PNE, it is necessary to deepen the discussion and propose “effective actions and long-term in schools as part of their planning and daily school practices”. “Schools should incorporate daily practices of education for peace,” he suggests.

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Question for this article:

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

Guests invited to the debate included:

– The special advisor to the Ministry of Education, Helena Singer;

– coordinator for the implementation of prevention actions for public safety of the Department of Policies, Programs and Projects of the Ministry of Justice, Priscilla Oliveira;

– Professor of the Department of Education and the Program of Graduate Studies in Education of the Brazilian Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Kelma Socorro Alves Lopes de Matos;

– Professor at the Federal University of Bahia (UFB) and founder and director of the National Institute of Education for Peace and Human Rights (Inpaz), Feizi Masrour Milani;

– Professor of the State University of Ponta Grossa (UEPG-PR) and coordinator of the Center for Studies and Teacher Training in Education for Peace and Coexistence of UEPG, Nei Alberto Salles Filho; and

– The founder of the Organization for Relational Intelligence and Master in Social Psychology at the Psychology Institute of the University of São Paulo (USP), and visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA), João Roberto de Araújo.