“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education. All politics can do is keep us out of war.
~ Dr. Maria Montessori
What is peace education?
"Peace education activities promote the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help people either to prevent the occurrence of conflict, resolve conflicts peacefully, or create social conditions conducive to peace.
Core values of nonviolence and social justice are central to peace education. Nonviolence is manifested through values such as respect for human rights, freedom and trust. Social justice is realized by principles of equality, responsibility, and solidarity.
In order to achieve these ideals, peace education programmes across the world address a wide range of themes. These include nonviolence, conflict resolution techniques, democracy, disarmament, gender equality, human rights, environmental responsibility, history, communication skills, coexistence, and international understanding and tolerance of diversity.
Peace education can be delivered to people of all ages, in both formal and informal settings. Programmes exist at local, national, and international levels, and in times of peace, conflict, and post-conflict." ~ Peace Insight
Grades 3-6: Montessori Elementary Peace Education
The core values of a Montessori education are Peace, Grace, and Courtesy. At Odyssey Heights School for Girls our youngest students learn and practice that "Peace begins with me." though morning meetings, mindfulness, short meditation, and group peace projects.
Grades 7-9: Montessori Secondary I Peace Education
As girls reach early adolescence they are motivated and empowered by helping others, by making a difference. Peace education at the Secondary I level is taught as both a separate course and is integrated though out other subjects. Grade 9s complete a special peace project before they continue on to Senior School.
Grades 10-12: Montessori Secondary II Peace & Conflict Studies
Starting in grade 10 the Peace Education courses of Elementary and Secondary I, adopt a more global and academically deep focus on Peace and Conflict Studies. Curriculum is drawn from multiple sources including the United Nations, university undergraduate and graduate programs, and from the expressed interests of our community. Study is multifaceted and interdisciplinary covering history, anthropology, sociology, gender and equity studies, Indigenous cultures, the visual and performing arts, geography, economics, politics/civics, mathematics and data sciences, technology, and more. The three year course in Peace and Conflict Studies cumulates in an individual peace project and research essay and presentation.