PEACE Education – full title “Peace Education as a Tool for Effective Conflict Management in Secondary Schools” is a 24-month project launched in November 2021 and funded by the Erasmus+ programme through KA220-SCH – Cooperation partnerships in school education.
The project focuses on 4 countries: France, Turkey, Portugal and Slovenia, and aims to create an inclusive learning environment and to reduce violence by providing the necessary skills and knowledge to teachers and other educators to integrate Peace Education into their respective teaching experiences, providing students with the appropriate vocabulary, opportunities for practice and peaceful problem solving-skills.
Peace education is the process of acquiring the values, the knowledge and developing the attitudes, skills, and behaviors to live in harmony with oneself, with others, and with the natural environment. In other words, peace education is the deliberate attempt to educate children and adults in the dynamics of conflict and the promotion of peacemaking skills in homes, schools, work organizations and communities throughout the world, using all the channels and instruments of socialization (Gumut, 2007).
Expected outputs and results
In order to achieve the above mentioned objectives, the project aims at developing 3 main exclusive and innovative outputs, all of them directly dedicated to teachers, school staff and youth workers who are the primary target and direct beneficiaries of the project:
Over the long term, the project intends to increase the capacities of teachers in addressing peace with their students, and the valorization of learners. By providing the outputs to teachers and allowing them to individually and collectively reflect and exchange on their practices, the project aims increase their motivation, which is likely to affect more generally the middle and secondary schools their work at and support innovation of the entire school institutions involved. Furthermore at a local level the acquisition of methodological elements, operational tools and the knowledge of a new reality will help to support the path of redefining and improving the training system for conflict management. The skills acquired by the teachers will help improving services quality provided by the institutions and therefore responding more efficiently to learners’ needs.
The final impact intended by the project is to strengthen the students’ problem solving skills, tolerance, flexibility and creativity in dealing with conflict, making them more conducive to a more inclusive and peaceful society.