INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION AS A MEANS FOR WORLD PEACE
International Schools Association
ISA WEBINAR: International Education
As a means for World Peace
Over the past 50 years global events and human experience in general have given the quest for peace a new urgency. In the 21st century, peace is no longer considered as the absence of war but it is conceptualized to include harmony at all levels of human endeavor. The UN and its agencies have adopted clear statements concerning human rights and responsibilities which recognize peace as an essential human construct. We the International Schools Association Network, see education as the principal vehicle which will develop and inculcate school age children with the habit of peace.
Education for Peace then, is a conceptual framework from which schools may devise a program comprising the transmission of universal values and enduring attitudes, and the development of skills which will enable our students to become active global citizens. This framework is guided by the recognition of the following:
- Each member of the global society is bound by principles relating to human welfare, such as justice, liberty, responsibility, equality, dignity, security, democracy and solidarity.
- Each member of society is an active participant in a local community and is in turn committed to a global harmony reflective of the diversity of the human population.
- Each member of the global society must act individually and communally toward guardianship of our world as a whole, guaranteeing the right to a sustainable future.