The Global Campaign for Peace Education was launched in May 1999 at the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The Hague Appeal for Peace Campaign brings together groups that focus on human rights, disarmament, the environment, women's rights, and social justice to work towards abolishing war in the 21st Century.
Humanity faces challenges of unprecedented proportions: the continued development of weapons of mass destruction, conflicts between states and ethnic groups, the spread of racism, community violence, the huge and widening gap between the rich and the poor throughout the globalized economy, massive violations of human rights and the degradation of the environment.
In order to be equipped to tackle these interwoven problems, the coming generation deserves a radically different education. Students need the skills and knowledge to create and maintain peace.
The peace education they deserve includes human rights, development and environmental education. Human security and disarmament issues, reconciliation, conflict prevention/ resolution training, critical media awareness, gender studies, non-violence and international relations are all part of peace education. The methodology of peace education encourages critical thinking and prepares students to act on their convictions.
Over the past 45 years, important work has been done: UNESCO's recommendations on education for international understanding, peace, human rights and fundamental freedoms in 1974; UNESCO's 1994 action plan for education for peace, human rights and democracy, proclaimed by education ministers and signed by 144 countries; and the steady growth in the number of peace education courses offered in schools throughout the world. But this is only a beginning.
How the Campaign works
The Global Campaign for Peace Education is open to the initiatives of individuals and groups throughout the world. The work of the campaign is carried out in each country, each community, by groups and individuals who take it upon themselves to join the campaign.
Those active in the campaign organize forums, write letters, circulate petitions, create working groups, form delegations to meet with government offcials, and write articles for publication. They use every technique they can think of to build support for peace education.
How to get involved
Visit the campaign website at: http:/lwww.ipb.org
Read the newsletter
Order the Hague Appeal conference video.
Join the campaign listserve. Send a blank e-mail mesage to: HAP-PE email@example.com
Send a postcard to your head of state or education minister.
Request a resource list.
Contact our two coordinating offices.
Join us today
Endorsers Global Campaign for Peace Education:
- Educating Cities
- International Association of Educators for Peace
- Peace Child International - UNICEF (List in formation) Coordinating
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