Archive for the ‘Peace Education of young Children’ category

The word PEACE in need of re-definition!

September 18, 2012

As we approach world Peace Day September 21st as declared by the United Nations, some reflection on the word ‘Peace,’ in today’s context is imperative and compelling. This in view of the shock waves that shattered and disoriented many in recent times; complacent and confident, trusting in the present world order!

Beginning with the Columbine school massacre in 1999, despite the empasis given to ‘safety,’ and ‘security,’ and the measures taken to prevent such incidents, particularly in schools, there isn’t a day that has gone by without ‘Breaking News,’ hitting headlines on TV and Newspapers and other media of killings and shootings all over the country, besides those the world over.

Mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado; (Congresswoman) Gabrielle Giffords shot in Arizona; Shooting on first day of school, Baltimore County High School Md. These are some of the more recent events that hit headlines.

No sensible human being would condone such senseless killings, but would cite them as falling into the moral category of ‘evil, or ‘harmful,’ acts. Such evil acts perpetrated by man against man have persisted throughout history at all times. As we approach world Peace Day let us pause for for a moment to reflect on the word PEACE as it is commonly understood in many circles today; namely Peace as an atmosphere, of the absence of war or conflict.

In today’s world however we need to re-define the word ‘Peace,’ to include a world order counteracting evil and evil acts; the ‘evil impulse,’ that leads to doing and inflicting evil and harmful deeds and engaging in such activities, the ‘evil impulse,’ inherent in all human beings, if we are to envisage a new order of World Peace. The classic expression of it of such evil found in terriorism and such activities rampant around the world, one that shattered the world and certainly America, in the attack on the twin towers in New York in 2001.

Nobody is born ‘evil,’ or a psycopath or even a sociopathe. it is the product of the failiure of an intention or lack of attempt to restrain oneself from inflicting what one knows to be harmful. There is no Therapy for evil, but certainly the education of the child – the future man, to counteract the evil impulse within is sure worth its trouble… Read More (more…)

What can ‘Peace’ do for you? What can you do for ‘Peace’?

May 10, 2011

                                                   Recently world news went through a ‘rock n roll,’ of breaking news from one theme to another, from one spot in the world to another that drew crowds to different kinds of jubilation. Were you part of it? Were you concerned with a tiff you had with your best friend at school, or a friend you were developing a new kind of friendship? Did you have a fight with your brother or sister at breakfast or dinner time? Got angry with somebody and was in a mood for war or any other kind of feeling bogging you down?

   Then suddenly you wished things were better. That you didn’t have to go through it after all? Did somebody help you understand or you realized things could have been worked out better without all that fuss? You begin to agree, and you feel different about the issue you were saddled with, and then you calm down and a kind of peace and relief returns to you. You begin to feel and experience peace, and peace in turn will befriend you.. You would be at ease. Frustration, worry, anxiety, fury all gone and you are at peace of mind and heart, beginning to experience the joy, the comfort and the consolations of peace. The experience like as if you are in a new luxury house, all to your self and you wish you can go out, invite and share it with others. The luxury of being at peace within and sharing it with others.

“Peace has its own victories no less renowned than war,” wrote John Milton the great English poet to Oliver Cromwell, a great political and military leader of England at a time when England was torn with Civil War and strife.

Peace in our own times through song and music. In our own day victory of peace over war seems to be gaining ground slow and steady with the end of terrorist regimes in many parts of the world. The Vietnam war and its aftermath saw many song writers and composers of lyrics such as the ‘Beatles,’ filling Albums with ‘Peace Songs.’ anti-war and non-violence songs. ‘Give Peace a Chance,’ sang John Lennon and his group. ‘Peace,’ resonated as Cat Stevens sang. :I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world to come; and I believe it could be, some day its going to come. Cause out in the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train; Oh Peace Train take this country; Come take me home again.”

  Limelighters got many in their Album Until we get it Right. “Come the Day,” performed by the Seekers, Songs of Pete Seeger, Olivia Newton-John in her Album Gala, “A Thousand years of Peace,” by Alchemy VII available in the Albums The Magick and White Raven. Inspiratinal songs of Gina Citoli in Mama Earth and many others are heart warming songs singing and spreading the message of peace, vocally and rhythmically in song and music. Many of these are available noe On-line, and downloadable on MP3s, Cell Phones,I-Phones and others.

   Peace Building through Organizations, Institutions and Activist Movements.  Since World War II numerous organizations and movements have sprung up round the globe dedicated towards promoting peace. Peace building through non-violence, Conflict-resolution, peace education programs, Course studies in Colleges, Universities and academic Institutions are getting popular. Spreading literature on ways to foster harmonious and peaceful relationships among different religious and ethnic groups and communites and promoting active participation in programs at community, neighborhood, local and global levels have gone a long way to spread the message round the world.

   Instituting the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1901 gave the world exemplary individuals who by their untiring efforts, dedication and indomitable courage, have established landmarks for peace; shown others the way to make this world a better place to live in by their extraorrdinary and admirable tasks often undertaken.

What can you do to spread Peace?  ‘Peace,’ like ‘Love,’ is something you never out grow.Once you have a taste of peace, you will learn to cherish it all the more, talk about it and share it with others.. Are you a volunteer engaged in activities with children? A Care giver, Community leader, peace maker involved in Community programs to foster better relationships? Here are some thoughts to reflect upon and work on to build up and manipulate your own way of reaching out to peace building at the grass roots level of children.

  let’s break down the word Peace into its component letters. You have ‘P’ as in ‘people,’ ‘E’ as in ‘enjoy,’ “A” as in the article “a’ “C’ as in ‘choice,’ and “E,” as in ‘end.’ People enjoy a choice end.  This indeed would amount to a choice piece of cake that the child in us all would enjoy in the end. It is like a story with a happy ending. What are the ingredients essential for making the “Peace Cake.”? These include ingredients such as, Unity, Co-operation, responsibility, generosity, Kindness, Flexiblity, Sobriety and more.

   Stories appeal to the mind and imagination of young children. At a very young age their minds are like sponges that absorb these ingredients, necessary for the process of peace building in a fruitful and profitable manner.

  My book Titled, Peace Tales from Asia  – Building a Culture of Peace,  is a collection of stories retold, selected  to emphasize and illustrate the meaning and application of the above ingredients. Written in a lucid and engaging style children will have fun and enjoy reading and listening to them. Notes at the end of the book contain valuable suggestions for classroom and group activities.

 watch out for peace building exercises, activities, puzzles, stories, poems and inspirationals and others i will be publishing in this blog to be used together with the book. Available from the publishers at http://sbpra.com/Chandraniwarnasuriya  or at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com

What is Peace Education?

March 4, 2011

What is Peace Education?    Posted in   Articles 1 (more…)