INTERNATIONAL PEACE EDUCATORS CONFERENCE

“If we are to wage a war on war we must begin with the children” – Ghandi


1. Foundational to any successful bid for peace on our planet is education, both broadly and narrowly defined (i.e.: popular education and public school)

2. The content of peace education is broad and needs to be deeply ingrained and is interconnected and interdependent.

Breadth includes:
· Anti-poverty work
· Social Justice
· “Thick Democracy”
· Environmental stewardship
· Implementation of N.D.G.s

Deeply rooted through:
· Empathy development
· Open mindedness
· Non-violent skills development
· Constructive problem solving
· Support for girls’ education

1. Civil society must influence government – not the reverse

2. Peace education can replace futility with hope and dreams

3. We must use a gendered lens in our analysis of peace issues and processes

Recommendations:
1. Expand the global campaign for Peace Education started at the Hague Appeal for Peace,
2. Support activities locally, nationally and internationally that engage children in cultivating a culture of peace and non-violence,
3. Promote and teach democratic participation with children that will purposely move towards abolishing war,
4. Involve children in global networking,
5. Create programs for the intellectual, religious and national exchange for youth through sports, the arts and education,
6. Lobby government to include peace education as part of core curriculum.