Education offers a long-term means for the promotion of peace. Because education affects children as adults, and has no limit, it is a key element to promote peace around the world.
Achieving peace begins with education
The word "education" comes from the Latin, "educere". This word means to draw from within what is good. So, educating a population, educating youth and children, is drawing in them what could be profitable for them first and then for all.
Man naturally has potentialities; but these potentialities need a jolt, a shock to develop; this shock is nothing but education. We educate the man by working on the potential that abounds in him.
In the process of seeking social cohesion, the tendencies to violence that are natural to man, will be controlled by education. Educated to the culture of peace and citizenship, man will learn to give up the hints of destruction to learn to live in harmony with others. Abandon any attitude that drives violence to embrace the path of peace.
Education is the only possible lever of peace in countries in conflict
Conflicts, whatever their cause, produce social, emotional and mental damage to individuals and communities, and destroy the infrastructure of affected countries. In addition, the number of refugees and internally displaced persons requiring shelter, protection and support is increasing at an alarming rate.
Social collapse, social instability and endemic poverty often contribute to conflict and fragility, but also have consequences. Vulnerable individuals in a society are particularly affected. Conflict resolution is not possible with negotiation or money only. Psychosocial skills are therefore needed for reparation and rehabilitation. So in conflict-prone countries, only education is the key to peace.
Education would thus make it possible to:
- Address the factors of emerging forms of violence in school communities
- Develop country-specific implementation guidelines for the prevention and management of emerging forms of violence in the education sector
- Develop educational materials for use by schools for the prevention and management of emerging forms of violence in the education sector
- Strengthen the capacity of schools to put in place measures to prevent emerging forms of violence in school communities
- Disseminate knowledge and skills in the prevention and management of emerging forms of violence among students.
Education makes peace easier to reach
When a person is educated, at school, in the family circle and in society, they are more easily integrated with those around him and around the world. And this integration, contrary to the conflict, is synonymous to peace.
As Prem Rawat says, to have peace in any society, it is necessary, first of all, that each individual is able to satisfy his primordial needs. And to meet his needs for food, water and housing, everyone needs education.
Whether it is to find a job to live and support a family, or to succeed in any field, education has always been the foundation. That's why many organizations such as The Prem Rawat Foundation fight for peace through education.