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It is necessary that children are taught pedagogy of peace that includes recognition and rejection of violence, understanding of differences through dialogue, critical awareness of injustice, social justice and imaginative understanding of peace. The prime responsibility of a teacher is to help students to become good human beings, motivated to fulfill their true potential for their own benefit as well as for the betterment of the society as a whole. An attempt is made here to introduce new longitudinal and durable ideas for education for peace, by suggesting a mandatory peace curriculum. Developing capabilities for peace through broad based education involves behavioral, cognitive, spiritual and attitudinal components. Discourses of empathy and reconciliation in curriculum and pedagogy are critical components of reformation of peace education goals. Emphasizing on critical thinking, problem solving, language and life skills as well as open mindedness, expressiveness, peacefulness, flexibility and sensitivity towards various global issues provide comprehensiveness to peace education. Various strategies recommended are integration of theory and practice to the potential of practical programmes, offering courses in peace and security studies, developing a relevant pedagogy for peace practitioners in higher education setting, collective varieties and deeply rooted historical memories and societal beliefs, art-making activities, employing think-aloud strategies and mind\body oriented methods, setting up solidarity camps etc. are suggested.

Descriptors: Peace, Teaching Methods, Values Education, Values Clarification, Educational Principles, Instructional Design, Educational Strategies, Educational Practices, Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Justice, Social Values, Instructional Effectiveness

Author: Nath, Baiju K.; Nair, Sreeja S.



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