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EDU-cation: Learning Kindness through Peace Education 

Education is often tasked with gigantic objectives. One of the most challenging tasks is ensuring that people learn to live in peace. After the Second World War, this was seen as the key aim of education.

Johanna Helin—Doctoral candidate in Education Leadership and Policy, OISE, University of Toronto

"Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed," reads the Preamble to the UNESCO Constitution.

Peace education has come to mean skills for peaceful communication, conflict resolution, empathy, and challenging unjust conditions, negative stereotypes and rifts in societies that can lead to violence. In a school context, peace education aims to tackle bullying and create a safe and acceptable environment for all children.

Peace in small actions

Gutsy Go is a peace education initiative where young people bring forward local societal problems and design immediate solutions and initiatives, or joint collective actions, which are filmed and shared with others. This model was initiated in Finland but has also been piloted in Tallinn. “Every act that increases positive interaction between people, is an act for peace. It is empowering young people to see their strengths and use them f...

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