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Kamala Sarup: Peace Education For Humanity

Peace Education For Humanity


By Kamala Sarup

Our learning will increase with age. When we become a great scholar and teach many people around the world on how to live peacefully and prosperously.

According to Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights "Peace education has developed as a means to achieve these goals. It is education that is "directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms". It promotes "understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups" and furthers "the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace."

On the other side according to Hague Appeal for Peace Global Campaign for Peace Education "A culture of peace will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems, have the skills to resolve conflicts and struggle for justice non-violently, live by international standards of human rights and equity, appreciate cultural diversity, and respect the Earth and each other. Such learning can only be achieved with systematic education for peace."

But when are we going to send our peace message with our thoughts to many people in the world? We are fighting a battle between one type of education over another education. So is the problem that we don't have proper peace and humanitarian education or that we have too many people with an education stopping the humanitarian education from happening?

I think it is more of the latter, although in peace and humanitarian or non-violence education can be improved.

Children are easily equatable by their parents and neighbors. That's a hereditary survival skill, i.e, think and do like the people around you and your chances are better of staying alive and procreating. If the parents are educated, usually likewise their kids. If the parents are atheists, usually likewise their kids. Tough to break those initial uneducated beliefs by later formal education, especially if the educators come from the same community and share the same beliefs.

Mr. Stanly stated today "Then there are the social community schools who teach the best peace education while the kids are young. It is an impressive educational system.

Statistically, for reasons someone else here will know better than I, there are more peace community schools in some US counties than in others. Many of them live in rural areas, and where humanitarian beliefs are better preserved and more prevalent than in urban, populated areas.

However, the Schools should have more money so they can organize by discipline to protect their rights. Because they have determined that the kids are believing in this peace taught in the high schools and college schools.

In spite of youthful educational peace system, traditional community schools is seen to be more effective. Hence, community education need a change with their own techniques.

"Young people live in a world ravaged by conflict and awash in arms. In an age of weapons of mass destruction, they also must contend with the fear of total annihilation. As diplomats and educators we have a responsibility to provide them with hope founded on reality. Disarmament and nonproliferation education is an important but underused tool to accomplish that end." Jayantha Dhanapala and William C. Potter, stated, in a recent International Herald Tribune article:

Now we have a question: How can our students and teachers in a democracy wage peaceful education to protect their liberal methods and beliefs?

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Nepali Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup is an editor of peacejournalism.com. She is specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace, Anti War, Women, Terrorism, Democracy, and Development. Some of her publications are: Women's Empowerment (Booklet). Prevention of trafficking in women through media,(Book) Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism (Media research). Two Stories collections. Her interests include international conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in conflict areas in the near future. She also is experienced in organizational and community development.

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