Danielle Whisnant outlines how contemporary issues that permeate nearly every aspect of American life and hinder effective foreign policy interventions can begin to be remedied by a reorientation of public education towards peace education cross-disciplinarily.
Ensuring education genuinely prepares learners to become active and engaged in the promotion of peaceful and just societies requires well-prepared and motivated teachers and educators, inclusive school policies, youth participation, and innovative pedagogies, among other measures. To help countries transform their education systems with this objective in mind, UNESCO is revising one of its landmark normative instruments: the Recommendation concerning education for international understanding, co-operation and peace and education for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The Global Campaign for Peace Education, in consultation with UNESCO, is supporting the review process of the 1974 Recommendation Concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace. We strongly encourage your participation in this survey, a significant opportunity to contribute your voice to global policy supporting peace education. The deadline to respond is March 1.
The UNESCO General Conference officially approved a proposal to revise the 1974 Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The revised Recommendation will reflect evolved understandings of education, as well as new threats to peace, toward providing international standards for the promotion of peace through education. The Global Campaign for Peace Education is contributing to the development of a technical note that will support the revision process.
From August to November 2021, Fundación Escuelas de Paz organized the first Latin American independent Talking Across Generations on Education (iTAGe) in Colombia, exploring the role of education in promoting youth participation and a culture of peace, as well as implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.
The Safe Schools Declaration is an inter-governmental political commitment that provides countries the opportunity to express support for protecting students, teachers, schools, and universities from attack during times of armed conflict; the importance of the continuation of education during armed conflict; and the implementation of concrete measures to deter the military use of schools.
Gender equality, education for peace, education for responsible consumption and sustainable development, and education for health, including affective-sexual health, are some of the pedagogical principles of the new primary education curriculum that the Government of Spain is preparing for the 2022/21 academic year.