“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
New for 2019-2020:
The Nobel Prize Nominated PeaceJam Program
As part of the revised program at Odyssey Heights School for Girls we will be implementing the PeaceJam program.
“PeaceJam is the only youth development programme led by 14 Nobel Peace Laureates. The PeaceJam Foundation has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and received the Man of Peace Award for its award-winning youth programming. PeaceJam also received the Outstanding Service-Learning Award for this innovative approach to engaging young people as change makers. …
With over 20 years of experience around the world, the PeaceJam Foundation is a leader in developing engaged, informed, and compassionate young leaders who are addressing the root cause of issues in their local and global communities - including bullying, ignorance, and injustice - to build friendships, collaboration, and acceptance.”
The PeaceJam program will be covered in 1 to 2 half-day seminars every month. A POGO (Project Or Going Out) Peace Week will give students the opportunity to both further their research and understanding, and to implement practical projects that improve the lives of others.
2014 TEDx Talk by PeaceJam about how PeaceJam started founders Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff
2017 Google Talk by PeaceJam founder Dawn Engle (above)
PeaceJam is a “self-contained” program that provides resources to schools to customize the program for their community. The very organized, and comprehensive curriculum resources allow teachers to focus on guiding their students through the material - instead of spending time on paperwork such as creating lesson plans, finding materials, and creating assessments. Click here to view a teacher sample of PeaceJam’s “Compassion in Action” for ages 12-17.