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ERIC Number: EJ898456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1740-0201
Activity Report: Peace Education in Liberia
Vonhm Benda, Ebenezer Mainlehwon
Journal of Peace Education, v7 n2 p221-222 Sep 2010
In March of 2009, the author decided to establish the Center for Peace Education (CPE) in Liberia solely dedicated to promoting a non-violent culture by imbuing students with the skills, knowledge, and attitude needed to peacefully coexist. To begin the process of building a culture of peace, in April of 2009, CPE conducted a baseline survey in 14 junior and senior high schools located in Montserrado County. The baseline survey revealed that students are more receptive to violent behavior than non-violent ways of life. Based on an analysis of the survey data, a peace education curriculum was developed and is currently being taught by CPE in seven schools in Montserrado County. For the first time in Liberian history, peace education is being taught in elementary, junior, and senior high schools. CPE lessons are designed and taught in ways that un-teach violent behavior using a therapeutic process of oral discussion, drama, dance, songs, and written expression. In all of the schools where CPE is teaching, school headmasters have reported that the level of violence has decreased significantly since CPE started teaching peace education as a subject.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Liberia