Abridged Ten Steps for Peace Education
based on Alliance for Childhood
- Make Room for Peace at Home Outer peace begins with inner peace. Children and adults need special places that give them a sense of privacy and peace.
- Find Peace in Nature Go outside. Take children for a walk or let them explore nature in their own way. The beauty of nature is a great balm to the soul.
- Make Time for Creative Play Young children need plenty of time for unstructured, creative play. Make-believe social play increases empathy in children.
- Engage Children’s Hands and Hearts Children need a direct experience of giving. They love to make things and learn to give away some treasured possessions.
- Establish a “Family Foundation” Create a homemade bank for donations—a miniature family foundation. Choose a charity together to give to.
- Support Peace Education at School Urge your school to establish or strengthen peace-education and conflict-resolution programs.
- Face Local Needs Help children become comfortable with the people in your community who need help. Perform community service together.
- Make a Difference in the World Find active ways to collaborate with other children globally through various organizations.
- Celebrate Peace Link children with others locally and around the world through celebrations like the UN Peace Day, September 21.
- Share Inspiring Words of Peace from Different Cultures Read aloud the inspiring words of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other champions of peace, justice, and nonviolence. Teach children the Golden Rule, common to most religions and philosophies.
WEB SITES: Karuna Center for Peacebuilding (www.karunacenter.org), Educators for Social Responsibility (www.esrnational.org), (www.teachingvalues.com/goldenrule.html) National Peace Foundation (www.nationalpeace.org), ( un.org/pubs/cyberschoolbus ), (www.worldpeace.org), the peacecenter (www.salsa.net/peace/prayer14.html), and (www.peacejam.org).
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