Uzdrowienie z dziecięcej traumy wojennej poprzez edukację

(Opublikowane z: Press Telegram.  September 27, 2019)

By Kathleen Madu

I remember the day war broke out in my hometown in Nigeria — I was only 5 at the time. When we walked out, fire was everywhere. It was chaotic, and we tried to save as many people as possible. As we fled, I remember seeing dead bodies everywhere. My aunt was hysterical, and our driver even got shot. When I eventually returned, half the city had been burned to a rubble.

When my mom appealed for our asylum, I set my hopes for a more peaceful life in the U.S. However, after residing in Los Angeles for several years, I realized it can also have its dangers.

I’m earning my master’s degree in Cat State Long Beach, and I’ve already experienced two episodes of active shooters on campus while I was working as a teacher’s assistant. Honestly, I didn’t come to America to be afraid that I’m going to get shot, but it’s gotten to the point where I have to protect others from getting shot.

Knowing firsthand how traumatizing violence is, I want to be part of the solution to end it, so I volunteered to teach about peace for International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG).

I believe IWPG’s peace education provides a practical solution to help resolve issues of violence. Its curriculum trains educators and students to realize the value of lives and of tolerance for all. This civic education is such a crucial supplement we need to our current education system, which as we see today is lacking in resolving conflict.

The more I dialogue with my students and see their childlike hearts I have been reminded that there is goodness. And that has given me hope, solace and healing to my war memories. Sometimes I even feel like my students themselves are teaching me.

I welcome all girls and women to join IWPG, a nonprofit organization with a mission to gather the hearts of 3.7 billion women worldwide for peace- building. Our initiatives include working to implement the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and providing peace education programs to local schools and communities.

While it may sound fantastical — a world of peace — it is possible if we step by step build a widespread culture that values peace over conflict through education.

My story from conflict to peace was one of the many shared at IWPG’s recent event in Carson, which drew more than 3,000 attendees to further celebrate the 5th anniversary of the DPCW and the progress of its implementation across North, Central and South America.

I find peace extremely valuable because if there’s violence, everything you’re working for just goes down the drain and human potential is lost. Therefore, all leaders who love their people, should learn about the mindset of the DPCW, and we all should learn about peace education. Peace is possible!

Kathleen Madu is a Nigerian-American living in South Los Angeles and studying for her master’s degree at California State University Long Beach.

Dołącz do Kampanii i pomóż nam #SpreadPeaceEd!
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