A Culture of Peace


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UNESCO – A Culture of Peace

The education for a culture of peace is founded in UNESCO’s constitutional mandate to build peace “in the minds of men”. Over the years since then, UNESCO and the United Nations have developed a number of standard-setting instruments, declarations and action plans which are widely accepted by the international community and which provide the basic framework for promoting the concept of education for a culture of peace world-wide – the 1974 Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Paris, 1974), the World Plan of Action on Education for Human Rights and Democracy (Montreal, 1993), the Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference on Human Rights (Vienna, 1993), the Declaration and Integrated Framework of Action on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy (Paris, 1995) and the Plan of Action for the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2005).

According to UNESCO A Culture of Peace consists of 8 Principles
  1. Promote equality for men and women
  2. Preservation of the planet
  3. Tolerance & Solidarity
  4. Share with others
  5. Promote democracy
  6. Respect all life
  7. Listen to understand
  8. Promote non-violence

Refer:  http://www.unesco.org/education/ecp/publicat/brochure/english/intro.html


Workshop Focus:
To understand what is A Culture of Peace
Target Audience:
Secondary, Teritary and and community participants
Half day
Expected Outcomes:
Students develop an understanding of a Culture of Peace and how it can be actioned.

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The Cultures of Peace workshop questions ‘what is a Culture of Peace’ and explores values what do they actually mean?  Participants are asked to explore what peace is not as a means of gaining a deeper appreciation of what peace feels and looks and what is not peace.  Participants are shown UNESCO’s principles of a Culture of Peace, they explore models for prevention of violence and looks at community examples of Culture of Peace implemented.  There has been work done at the local government level to strength community empowerment and behaviours that sponsor peace and harmony.  The participants will discuss and explore community Cultures of Peace, empowerment and democracy. 

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Workshop Session Plan

  • Outline of workshop

  • Name game (group building)

  • Introduction of presenter

  • Brainstorming: Peace

  • Brainstorming: Values

  • Brainstorming  What Peace is not

  • Activity: Conflict Lines

  • Brainstorming: Power

  • Brainstorming: Bridge Building in the Community

  • Brainstorming: What is a Culture of Peace

  • Examples of Cultures of Peace

  • Education

  • Other examples

  • Key Issues

  • Building Peace – Community Level

  • Spectrum of Prevention

  • Community Empowerment

  • Celebrating Democracy

  • Conclusion

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Key Learning Outcomes

  • To experience A Culture of Peace through shared activities.
  • Brainstorming and critical thinking about values that underline A Culture of Peace.
  • To deepen experiential understanding of conflict and power.
  • To understand bridge building in the community.
  • To learn about Cultures of Peace through UNESCO, governments and community initiatives.
  • To learn of cases of peace builders.
  • To learn how to prevent conflict.
  • To learn community empowerment.
  • To become aware of democracy and what it means.

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