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Peace education: understanding violence and exploring alternatives

“The underlying emphasis in peace education is on understanding violence, and exploring alternatives to violence. It is vital to remember that violence is not restricted to physical harm but also includes psychological harm, emotional abuse, discrimination, exclusion, denial of opportunities, exploitation, criminalization of identities, etc. Violence is part of our everyday reality.” – Chintan Girish Modi

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Education for Transformation

“How does anyone ever learn a really new thing? Since utopias are by definition ‘new,’ ‘not-yet,’ ‘other,’ human beings will be able to function in them in ways that do not throw us back to the old order only if we pay enough attention to the learning. Wishful thinking about the desired transformation of consciousness as an inevitable historical process distracts us from studying the difficult disciplines that will make transformation possible.” – Elise Boulding

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Daisaku Ikeda on education for peace

“Education must cultivate the wisdom to reject and resist violence in all its forms. It must foster people who intuitively understand and know–in their minds, in their hearts, with their entire being–the irreplaceable value of human beings and the natural world. I believe such education embodies the timeless struggle of human civilization to create an unerring path to peace.” – Daisaku Ikeda

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