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
Education is the foundation of a peaceful society. It builds literacy, respect, dignity and opportunity for all. On a planet of 7.2 billion, peace education—education that specifically promotes respect, empathy, mutual understanding, and conflict management skills—is more crucial than ever. This is even truer in developing countries, where often more than 40% of the population is under 14 and children who crave peace live amid conflict.
At Pathways To Peace we recognize that peace education is a vital tool in helping children find peaceful solutions to problems—and in raising a new generation committed to creating a Culture of Peace.
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.