Teacher Preparation for Peace Education



Educating for peace is crucial due to the normalization of violence and its influence on well-being. As a human right, students must learn about how a healthy life, for everyone, can be sustained without violence as a response to conflict. In peace education lessons about the sources of and responses to conflict, students analyze current problems and how they can be avoided, as well as responsibly managed. They need a vision of a peaceful future as a foundation for peacemaking and skills for constructing it. Youth lacking such expectations and capabilities, as well as all who associate with them, have been at risk for engagement in violence and many losses from its destructive outcomes. In most nations, federal and state governments have provided limited support for peace-focused education. Due to a deficiency of curricula for such instruction, teachers have a large responsibility for creating the lessons and curriculum that facilitate their lessons about peace development. Consequently, they need preparation for the design and provision of peace education. Where do they develop such readiness?


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