Peace Teaching Project
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There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important that ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.
—Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
Educational Approach

At the heart of most conflicts are two or more points of view. To resolve a conflict effectively, participants in the conflict must listen to each other's perspective.

The Peace Teaching Project focuses on teaching the basic skills needed to resolve conflicts effectively and non-violently, regardless of one's age, culture or religion. In helping children and adults learn the practice of peace, the training materials will impart skills that include:

  • Active listening to help children and adults hear different perspectives
  • Creative problem solving to discover options and make decisions
  • Critical thinking to distinguish between a person's demands in a conflict and his or her underlying needs
  • Understanding the conflict escalation process and learning skills for de-escalation

All of these skills promote self-respect, respect for others, tolerance, understanding and cooperation. Listening skills make good neighbors. Communication skills make good citizens. And conflict resolution skills make good leaders.

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