- Peace Education
- Education is a powerful and effective source of human development, as specified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and has led many areas of the globe to strive to secure greater access to basic education in general. In order to protect and further enhance the priceless legacy of peace from great wars and consequent sacrifices, education must guide students to understand values such as human dignity, equal opportunity, democracy, etc. In that sense, peace education not only guarantees sustainable development for the future generations but also allows for coexistence and interdependence, the core values of today’s world, to flourish. This is especially significant today in terms of the fact that chronic violence is perpetuated in many parts of the world, which necessitates peace education to empower and protect young generation and global citizens from the threat of conflict.
Peace Education for Students
- HWPL’s peace education ensures that the youth acquire knowledge and skills needed for the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence. HWPL has cooperated with various schools and educational institutions worldwide to promote skills of peacemaking in their homes, schools, community, the nation, and the world. 117 schools from 8 different countries (as of July 2016) voluntarily became HWPL Peace Academies in order to design programs and courses to enhance the peacemaking capacities of students in all grades.
The designated Peace Academies announce the Statement of Resolution and their future plans to incorporate peace education into their curriculum, which will teach about HWPL’s peace initiatives and will strengthen the solidarity among students.
Since its curriculum focuses on instilling hope of bringing sustainable and universal peace, HWPL’s comprehensive approach to education allows teachers and students to embrace the values of human rights, intercultural and interreligious understanding, and tolerance. Currently, the peace curriculum and diverse classroom activities are being designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop insight into strengthening their roles as leaders in the reconciling and peacemaking process.
Peace Education for Civil Society
The effective strategy to prevent violence and armed conflict calls for peace education among the civil society. HWPL is striving to deliver its peace education program to people of all ages through exhibiting its educational and promotional materials at public institutes and conducting educational seminars. This allows citizens to gain access to HWPL’s projects, create public dialogues and seek alternative solutions to disputes.
Museo Dabawenyo officially designated its second floor, entitled “Peace Hall,” to exhibit HWPL’s peace activities in Mindanao, Philippines and Davao City Public Library continuously provides monthly newsletters, brochures,
DVDs and other educational materials for any visitor to easily gain access to HWPL peace works. Davao City Public Library and Museo Dabawenyo are accessible to Filipino citizens and global tourists alike making it great locations to provide peace education to the Philippines and beyond.
Fiji Museum in Suva also opened an HWPL peace exhibition by Dr. Mahendra Reddy, Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts. He commented, “Educating the youth about respecting all races and practicing good values makes us one step closer to achieving world peace. This exhibition is a great initiative as it will go a long way in educating our children and all Fijians at large to advocate for global peace.” The Minister urged the public to be present at the museum and share the message of peace.