Curriculum Resolving Conflict Fairly

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There is a profound world-wide heritage of peace education and it finds expression in the national curriculum (England) citizenship as 'resolving conflict fairly'. Clearly, this has a direct relevance to school management in such matters as the anti-bullying policy. On a global scale the absence of peace and justice is recognised as a major impediment to development and the eradication of poverty.

"There must be specific commitment to education for peace. Children need to learn peace. It is their right, and one which can not be disregarded."

Pope John Paul II, World Peace Day, 1996.

"Help young people integrate their work for peace with every other aspect of life, with their families and communities, religious affiliations, and their jobs and work relationships. The task of inventing peace will require the co-operation of everyone and it will take many years to accomplish."

Adams, David (ed) (1989) The Seville Statement on Violence - preparing the ground for the constructing of peace, UNESCO.

"Faced with injustice, many individuals and groups have resorted to violence, and violence must always be repugnant. The roots from which the word is derived imply the illegitimate or excessive use of force, and its effects are at the core of un-peacefulness, in the sense of damaging the fulfilment of our potential. On the other hand, we must recognise the dreadful and long drawn out suffering that has impelled people to resort to violence; the combination of desperation and idealism that has led them to follow this course and the reluctance which they often do so."

Curle, Adam (1981) True Justice, Swarthmore Lecture.