Thursday, August 18, 2011


Education for peace is concerned about guiding people to acquire skills and knowledge that make them become proactive in cultivating and promoting peace. It is concerned with actual behavioural transformation by leading learners to acquire the skills and knowledge that will help them develop a culture of peace from inside out.
A good example is environmental education, it educates people about environmental issues and guides them to acquire skills and knowledge that will empower them to adopt environmentally friendly habits and be willing to promote environmental issues in their communities. Effective implementation of environmental education will make people aware of the various environmental hazards in their society and simultaneously make them develop a commitment to protecting the environment. A good example will be a learning activity in an Oil producing area, to guide learners to learn about the effects of oil spills and oil explorations on their environment. It will be a wake up call to participants.

Education for peace on the other hand focuses on education for the development and practice of institutions and processes that comprises a peaceful social order (Reardon, 1999).
This approach is mostly concerned with development or entrenchment of institutions that are concerned with avoiding, reducing or eliminating violence.
Conflict resolution education as education about peace would be concerned with equipping learners with skills and knowledge for mediation and peace restoration efforts.

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