Worldwide, the vital role of education in transcending conflicts and violence in all its forms, and in building a multi-dimensional culture of peace has been increasingly recognized by a wide range of policy-makers, analysts, advocates, and practitioners. For peace to effectively emerge from conditions of violence and for this peace to be sustained, appropriate strategies of peace education will need to be envisioned and implemented. This course seeks to provide a critical overview of key ideas, concepts and analytical perspectives on peace education that have been manifested in diverse institutional, community, and grassroots initiatives and programs in both North and South contexts. More specifically, through a facilitative process, learners will see how education for various dimensions of a culture of peace, including disarmament and nonviolence, local and global justice, human rights, intercultural understanding, sustainable futures and cultivating inner peace, can be synergized and integrated into the urgent challenge of building a peaceful, just and sustainable world.
- Professor: Course Instructor - Toh Swee-Hin