Education Is the Foundation
“Let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.”
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Launched to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Peace (IDP) 2013 theme: “Education for Peace,” Pathways To Peace stewarded the creation of the Peace Education Resource Center (PERC) in September 2013.
Developed in close cooperation with the IDP-NGO Committee at the United Nations, the National Peace Academy USA and Circle of Peace/CCS Montreal, the goal of PERC is to work with partners and NGOs around the world to gather peace education materials and make them available to teachers at every grade level through a single website.
Above all, PERC is a collaborative effort. We welcome partners who wish to upload information about their own Peace Education Resource, along with details of relevant peace education events, activities or training. http://perc4peace.org
Our goal is to expand our effort to 15 countries and two million children in 2014—providing tools for educators seeking to integrate education for a “Culture of Peace” into their curriculum.
What’s possible today?
The central task of all social movements is ”…to win the hearts, minds and support of the majority of the populace. Because it is the people who ultimately hold the power, they will either preserve the status quo or create change.”
– Bill Moyer, Doing Democracy
Peace is not only possible, it is happening—both at the personal and the global level. While peace begins with the individual, creating a worldwide Culture of Peace will take a new kind of people power, a shift in mindset and behavior.
What’s possible today? Instead of waiting until International Day of Peace on September 21, why not embrace one of the Peace Day tenets, starting now. Peace Day is a day of ceasefire—personal or political. Take the opportunity to make peace in your own relationships—and resolve that this becomes a year-round commitment to peace in your own life.
And don’t stop there. Join us on Facebook and Twitter to embrace the power of social sharing. Help us to communicate news, ideas and inspirational messages. Let’s work together to win the hearts of minds of people like yourself who crave peace in our society—and will welcome being given new tools to use in their own lives and communities.
Mark the International Day of Peace—September 21—on your calendar this year and every year. Sign up for our mailing list and we’ll keep you up-to-date on what’s happening on Peace Day—so you can participate in the day’s activities, or start some of your own.
There’s no need to wait. Create your own personal change today. And let’s work together to build a Culture of Peace. “The pursuit of peace is an exhilarating adventure” (UNESCO, 1989).
Meet Our New UN Youth Representative
“The UN Secretary-General has decided to make working with and for youth a priority and wants to develop a UN System-Wide Action Plan on Youth. But to accomplish this he would also like to hear directly from young people to ensure that the partnership which he hopes to develop reflects your aspirations.” UN Department of Public Information.
Pathways To Peace has appointed 19 year old Abdul Rad as their official youth representative to the United Nations. Abdul is a student at Hunter College and served as a delegate on the college’s Model United Nations Team. PTP has been supporting youth leadership for over 30 years that involved participating in substantial UN activities and conferences. Michael Johnson, PTP NGO representative at the UN, will be mentoring Abdul in his new role.