Peacebuilding is a learned skill just like reading and arithmetic. Educators and Ceeds of Peace founders Maya Soetoro-Ng and Kerrie Urosevich illustrate how peacebuilding can be taught to young children and eventually bring lasting social change to the world.
How can teachers help their students develop critical thinking skills and contribute to social justice and transformation? David Ragland, philosophy of peace education expert and Visiting Professor at Univ for Peace, Costa Rica, discusses teaching critical thinking and how teachers can help students engage in social justice and social transformation.
Michael Klein, Ed.D., faculty at University of St. Tomas, Saint Paul, MN, discusses how education can change the world through a peace pedagogy utilizing the Circle of Praxis. The Circle of Praxis, as described by Klein, is outlined in this video as a method for peace educators to fuse theory and action to address injustice and oppression.
John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game, shares his thoughts about peace education and how Maria Montessori’s ideals of the prepared environment and following the child can lead to new discoveries for students and educators alike.
Peace education is a vital component of the Montessori curriculum. The teaching of peace and global citizenship can transform a child’s life and lead them to a more fulfilling world view.
Humans are naturally programmed to distrust strangers, especially where touching is concerned. Therefore, one man’s intention to give out hugs to strangers was unique enough to prompt the growing crowd to be suspicious. Warily, they watched as he offered free hugs. Could they trust this stranger and his intentions? Was he just playing a prank? As the first woman approached and hugged the blindfolded man, the crowd’s mixed feelings and reactions dissipated as others followed her lead. Some gave brief hugs; others clung to him as if greeting a long-lost friend. Regardless of the length of touch, giving each other a hug created an environment for the power of connection and trust.
Jenny Buccos is an agent of global citizenship who was recognized as a 2012 White House Champion of Change. Her talk shares her passion about educating primary and secondary school students about global cultures and histories by the use of multimedia.
Matt Meyer is a New York City-based educator, activist, and author, and is coordinator of the War Resisters International Africa Support Network. In this clip, he discusses the power of respect in education, especially peace education.