ERIC Number: EJ726566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
Reference Count: 22
Building a Peaceful and Just World--Beginning with the Children
Childhood Education, v82 n1 p14 Fall 2005
The conflicts that seem to be underway in every region of the globe demonstrate the profound need for creating paths to a peaceful and just world. Mahatma Gandhi said that if we are to have real peace in the world, we need to begin with the children. Sowing the seeds for peace and justice in classrooms could nurture a new generation of world leaders and ordinary citizens who have a vision of a peaceful and just world, and who have both the will and skill to bring this vision to reality. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2000-10 as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World. The Report of the UN Secretary General states that education at all levels is key to building a culture of peace. The Manifesto 2000 is a simplified summary of the proclamation, written by Nobel Peace Prize laureates. In this article, the author as well as her fellow educators, states that they can be messengers of the Manifesto as they work to create a culture of peace in schools and classrooms, as well as in their families and communities. Already, over 75 million people around the world have signed the Manifesto 2000, pledging to: (1) Respect the life and dignity of every person without discrimination or prejudice; (2) Practice active nonviolence; (3) Share their time and material resources; (4) Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity; (5) Promote consumer behavior that is responsible and development practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet; (6) Contribute to the development of community with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles in order to create together new forms of solidarity. Implementation of this Manifesto can begin in classrooms and schools with the culture and climate that they create, and with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they teach and foster. Here, they present some ways they can begin to support the six pledges.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Teaching Methods, Instruction, Children, Peace, Community, Family (Sociological Unit), Violence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Preschool Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States