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Building a culture of peace

25-10-2022 You can participate in the discussion "Approaches to building of a culture of peace and critical study of armed conflicts in civic education". How to study war without militaristic indoctrination? Webinar 28 October 2022, 8pm Kyiv time.


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Education at all levels, especially human rights education, is one of the principal means of building a culture of peace, that is, values, attitudes, traditions, behaviors and ways of life based on the practical rejection of violence through education, dialogue and cooperation. This is stated in the Declaration on a Culture of Peace, adopted by the UN General Assembly.


Almost all forms of civic education contain elements of non-violent teaching, including creation of a safe learning environment and development of nonviolent communication skills. Children and teenagers learn to talk instead of fighting. Adults learn effective negotiation and mediation. A culture of peace among people is gradually taking root in our educational systems. It is much more difficult to learn a culture of peace between peoples.


How to study war without militaristic indoctrination? How can we talk about the peaceful resolution of conflicts enshrined in the UN Charter, if the media call to fight for victory at any cost, threatening to punish cooperation with enemies? Is it timely to defend the internationally recognized human right to conscientious objection to military service when a country mobilizes to stand against "fascist" neighbors? Is it possible to criticize the war and the army without disinformation and defeatism, without becoming "useful idiots"? Is it possible to achieve peace by complete destruction of the enemy, and are there other ways to achieve peace? What knowledge, skills and sacrifices will each of these ways require?


We invite you to participate in the discussion "Approaches to building of a culture of peace and critical study of armed conflicts in civic education", organized by the EENCE Working Group "Research in the field of Civic Education".


When: 28 October 2022, 8pm Kyiv time

Working languages: English, Russian


Alexander Belik is a lawyer, human rights educator, mediator, one of the leaders of the Russian Movement of Conscientious Objectors.
Ellis Brooks is a Peace Education Coordinator at Quakers in Britain.
Phill Gittins, PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies, Master of Education with 20 years of educator's and researcher's experience, Education Director at the international network World BEYOND War.
Yurii Sheliazhenko, PhD in Law, Master of Mediation and Conflict Management, Executive Secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, laureate of the Sean MacBride Peace Prize of the International Peace Bureau.
Werner Wintersteiner, PhD in Education (focus peace education), University of Klagenfurt in Austria (1997), member of the editorial board of the Journal of Peace Education.


We are waiting for you! Please register via the link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYufu-gpjwsGdz5k2iHazHSgRCpBxGsSJ3z After registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about entering the conference.

Bron: WRI