Yurii Sheliazhenko has been falsely accused of justifying Russian aggression and faces the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. Yuri argues that “structural, existential, fundamentalist militarism poisons our minds and our everyday lives.”
Recent legislation has led to conflicts in educational institutions, suppressing discussions on diversity and promoting cultural and structural violence. Addressing these issues through peace education can transform schools into spaces of enlightenment, understanding, and peace, emphasizing respect and collaboration across cultures.
Dale Snauwaert argues that at the core of political efficacy is a sense of justice, and therefore, a core aim of peace education should be the development of a sense of justice in both future leaders and citizens. Robert Reich’s reflections on the “common good” as a shared political ethic and conception of justice gives significant credence to this core purpose of peace education.
Emina Frljak stresses that education can be a space for nurturing and developing cultures of peace or cultures of war. Peace education is a way to nurture our relationships with one another, save humanity, and take care of and preserve this Planet for those who will come after us since we are only guests for a short time.