It is another Monday where we discuss everything about Peace Education, the work we do around this theme in Nigeria and how investing in this education can facilitate in building sustainable peace.
This interdisciplinary area of education whose goal is institutionalised and non-institutionalised teaching about peace and for peace aims to help students acquire skills for nonviolent conflict resolution, learn peace value skills and how reinforcing these skills for active and responsible action in the society can make a positive difference in the society.
Recently we designed a Peace Education “Teach Peace Early Lesson Manual” digital tool that will support teachers and parents in joining peacebuilders across the globe in shaping peace early.
Our focus was to develop a tool that can be accessed by any parent or teachers any where in Nigeria in teaching children with the goal and major aim to prevent a conflict in advance or rather to educate individuals and a society for a peaceful existence on the basis of nonviolence, tolerance, equality, respect for differences, and social justice etc
In view of the above, we are kicking off a blog series titled ” Meet Our Developer” to introduce the designers of the “Teach Peace Early Lesson Manual”
To kick off the series, I will be introducing Janine Classen, a passionate and motivated teacher who happens to be one of our Teach Peace Early Lesson Plan developers and the Project Lead.
We asked her few questions related to the project and what peace means to her and here are her answers!
1. What inspired you to work with Galaxy4Peace, 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?
“I answered Galaxy4Peace’s call because I believe that it is critical to teach all people how to resolve disputes using nonviolent means. Violence simply creates more violence and is a barrier to personal growth. Violence is also a barrier to a nation’s social and economic development.”
2. What does peace means to you?
“Peace is recognising that we all have a place in this world and that we must learn to navigate our differences while respecting the humanity of others. It is human nature to believe that one is right and that the other is wrong. However, all parties must engage in respectful dialogue if there is a dispute. When you love someone, you desire what is best for them. Violence is not an option.”
3. What do you expect from the curriculum? How would you like to see the lesson plans implemented?
I hope that the curriculum will inspire communities, schools, and families to seek and use alternative ways to solve problems. The lessons and activities can be woven into an existing school curriculum or used independently in both formal and informal settings. Ultimately, I hope that the spirit of the peace curriculum, and its ideas, will encourage people to work together to build strong, supportive, and life-giving communities.
4. Do you think world peace can be achieved using peace education as a tool?
Conflict exists because human nature has not changed since the beginning of time. Human beings are still motivated by anger, jealousy, lust, and greed just as they were thousands of years ago. However, we do have the power to control our behavior. We do not have to fall victim to our baser desires. We can choose another path, but we can only choose from what we know. The more we know, the greater our options. People need to be educated about peace so that they know there are workable options for violence. Peace is a choice.
“The more we know, the greater our options”.
A very significant sentence, which contains the meaning and the reason why it is fundamental to Teach Peace Early!
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 email@example.com! – by Giulia Chiapperini