Eleanor Kirby is a teacher from Manchester, United Kingdom. She loves working with young people and she’s energized by their ideas and action. Moreover, she recently completed a master’s degree, specializing in technology and peace education, in the hope of sharing new ideas with friends from around the world.
And this is precisely our goal, in Galaxy4Peace. Sharing ideas and projects with people from around the world! So, as you can imagine, I engaged her in a conversation related to the project and what peace means to her by asking her a couple of questions. This is what Ellie would like to say.
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- What made you want to work with G4P and, in particular, to create a curriculum to teach peace early? Was there a particular moment in your life that prompted you to take this path?
In the past 20 years, I have seen a lot of conflict in schools. Between teachers, children, and parents. I have seen how, with just a few basic skills and some hard work, tensions can be resolved early and young people can flourish.
More recently, working in Iraq, I saw the horrendous impact of the war on some families. It is this that made me realize there is a desperate need for the wonderful work of organizations like Galaxy4Peace.
- What do you think peace means?
An environment that is secure, harmonious, and free. Without the fear of violence or war. I would encourage young people to consider what peace looks and feels like to us as an individual, household, community, or national scale.
It is this definition of peace, in all aspects of our lives, that we need to strive for.
- What do you expect from the curriculum? How would you like to see the lessons plan implemented?
The Teach Peace Early curriculum is a springboard for the future! The curriculum is designed firstly, to give young people the basic knowledge and skills about peace. Going forward, I hope it will INSPIRE and EMPOWER young people to use these skills to solve issues relevant to their lives and communities.
I know that the facilitators will use the lesson plan to energize young people into social action!
- Do you think world peace can be achieved using peace education as a tool?
I think education is the only tool that can truly achieve world peace.
We all can see the enormous power of education for a young person. Developing empathy, understanding, and conflict management skills are the way that communities and the whole world can coexist peacefully.
Galaxy4Peace is an amazing organization that is spreading this sustainable peace through programs such as Teach Peace Early.
In conclusion, Ellie worked in Iraq and she saw with her eyes the tremendous effect of war on people, particularly on children. We talked about it with Aarushi last week, and I want to repeat it. War is not worth it (If you missed it, don’t worry! You can read this interesting blog here)!
Thus, our Teach Peace Early curriculum is dedicated to all children of the world, to show them that a better world is possible, and together we can make it a reality. We must fight for education because it is a fundamental right but it is also the only tool that can truly achieve world peace.
“I would encourage young people to consider what peace looks and feels like to us as an individual, household, community, or national scale. It is this definition of peace, in all aspects of our lives, that we need to strive for.”
And you, what do you think peace means? Leave it in the comments!
P.S: For the full content of this curriculum that will help in shaping your ward or children’s life positively, I recommend you to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org! – by Giulia Chiapperini