Two Mondays ago, I introduced Morissa, one of the Teach Peace Early Lesson Plan Developers. With great enthusiasm, she told us what it means for her to Teach Peace Early. She affirmed that Teach Peace Early is, “A beautiful way to create a more kind, compassionate, and thoughtful world.”
After all, children are not only the generation of the future, they are the generation of the present. They are changing the world! Did you read about it?
If you missed it, don’t worry! You can read this interesting blog here. Today, I am introducing Aarushi Srivastava who was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
She is passionate about human rights and conflict resolution. She is currently in the third year of her degree, pursuing a double major in political science and psychology. With a minor in ethics, society, and law, she plans to become a human rights lawyer.
As you can imagine, she is another designer of the Teach Peace Early Lesson Manual, that incredible tool I always talk about. It can be accessed by any parent or teachers anywhere in Nigeria to teach children, individuals, and society the way to a better world, characterized by a peaceful existence based on nonviolence, tolerance, equality, respect for differences, social justice, etc. Aren’t you curious?
As usual, 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 Aarushi has to say. Follow me, and don’t miss this new interview!
1. 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?
I was inspired by Romeo Dallaire to pursue a humanitarian career, after hearing about his efforts in Rwanda. He was the one who stayed back and selflessly saved millions of lives in the genocide. Without humanitarians, we cannot pursue peace and peace is the key to society.
Our goal as a society should be to better the standard of living for all and that can only be achieved through peace and cooperation of everyone together. I was looking to find ways to actively contribute to this cause and decided to apply to organizations through the United Nations online volunteering platform. Upon reading about the Galaxy 4 Peace, I found this is the organization that resonates with my goals and values.
I have been grateful to be able to contribute through education, as I strongly believe education is the most important component of a society. Generations that pass must grow with ideals and values of bettering society to achieve peace. I think creating such a curriculum is vital to furthering this initiative.
2. What do you think peace means?
In my view, peace is a holistic harmony that allows all other facets of society to thrive. With peace comes virtuous governance, fruitful education, cooperation, and the growth of peace and positive values among the people in a community. Peace enables the growth of the standard of living.
War is the most costly and inefficient thing to be done by humans ever, yet we engage in it still, and for what price? Through peace, the same means can be achieved, if not better, without these costs. Peace is that value, the humanity that is shared among us all deeply.
3. What do you expect from the curriculum? How would you like to see the lessons plan implemented?
I expect the curriculum to inspire students, and create active students. By active, I mean that students should be taking what they learn from the curriculum and actively apply it to their lives. This can be done by speaking to their families and peers or stopping conflicts by using conflict management methods from the curriculum, recognizing conflict, and taking the lead to step in and stop it.
I also hope that students see the value of peace and what a vital component of growth it is. I would like to see the lesson plans implemented not only in Nigeria but ideally all schools in the world. Peace teaching should become an international norm and standard for all communities alike.
4. Do you think world peace can be achieved using peace education as a tool?
World peace is distant but attainable. Through education, passing of knowledge through generations, the ideals and values of peace will grow, and perhaps one day we will see a peaceful world. This peaceful world will also allow us to do more innovative things, things beyond us because we will not be wasting resources and costs in conflict.
More than anything, all human beings will be taken care of, the inequality of the world will be reduced. Through education, through the spread of this knowledge, I would like to believe we will see peace.
In conclusion, I think Aarushi is right. It is true that world peace is still a distant goal, and very difficult to achieve. As we say in Italy, “Many heads, many ideas”.
And it is not always easy to reach a common agreement. But peace is attainable. Together, with everyone’s commitment, we can build a better world.
Nobody will have to be left behind anymore. In particular, the question that Aarushi poses to all of us is thought-provoking, “War is the most costly and inefficient thing to be done by humans ever, yet we engage in it still, and for what price?” I recently saw a movie, just about military spending.
Did you know that every single piece of equipment for a US soldier costs around $ 17,500? And, of course, the US military has thousands of soldiers. Like any army in the world.
“This peaceful world will also allow us to do more innovative things, things beyond us because we will not be wasting resources and costs in conflict.”
Just think about how many things could be achieved by investing that money in different projects, like projects of peace! Do you have any ideas? 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 email@example.com! – by Giulia Chiapperini