Based on the work of Margo Lynn Trombetta & Rosmarie Greiner
“If we are to reach real peace in the world and
if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.”
We live in a time when the nations of the world have the power to annihilate all people on the earth 15 times. Should that annihilation take place it would, of course, take with it most plant and animal life and would destroy much of the fragile ecosystem that keeps the planet Earth a living entity. We also live at a time when violence is escalating on an international level, not just between nations but within. The victims of the violence are men, women, and children of all colors, all creeds, and of course, all ages. This is also a time when racial, religious, class and cultural intolerance is escalating into wide-spread hatred and bigotry. Violence between groups of people is increasingly found in neighborhoods, schools, and within families.
How do we raise healthy, strong children in a time like this? What do we need to do to give children the tools to find their way and to transform the world they are inheriting? How do we help young children to grow into peacemakers? Those are the questions of teachers and parents who care about Peace Education.
Peace Education is built around six age-appropriate strands. Each of these interrelated strands provides a place to help teachers develop rich and exciting curriculum. Together they comprise an integrated approach to Peace Education.