Encountering Peace: The first in a two-part series on what Israelis and Palestinians teach their young
Gershon Baskin , The Jerusalem Post
Former education minister Yuli Tamir was more than willing to meet her PA counterpart, Dr. Lamis Alami. But Alami replied that she is serving in a technocrat government whose job is to make sure that the educational system is working, not to get into matters of a controversial nature, such as curriculum content. Even peace-minded Fayad was approached to assist in arranging a meeting, but no progress took place.
Westminster, London – On Thursday 26 March, The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will speak at the UK launch of the EastWest Institute’s Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention and Human Security. The Parliamentarians Network will call on the G-20 to mobilize their full resources to prevent violent conflicts, not just react to them once they erupt.
There is a need for some place in the central administration where the peace movement can engage the administration and function positively, not only criticizing. Today so much goodwill and initiative are wasted, and the peace movement easily becomes irresponsible. Major economic organizations interact with major ministries but the peace movement and the foreign office do not interact in a formalized way. An organizational development has been called for--as done by judge Bonnevie (a Department of peace, a consultative cabinet member), professors Aubert and Bratholm, and in the UN General Assembly as a resolution proposal by the ambassador from Honduras, Francisco Milla Bermudez, December 1961.
"New Zealand is one of the first countries to see the light of the new day," said Montserrat Prieto, a coordinator of the Global March for Peace and Nonviolence . "And maybe this light has helped inspire New Zealand to lead the world on many issues including granting women the vote, banning nuclear weapons, making peace studies part of the school curriculum, mediating peace in Bougainville and the Solomon Islands, and establishing the position of Minister for Disarmament – so far the only one in the world."
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
When people’s needs and concerns go unheard for long periods, they may believe that violence is their only option.
When people resort to violence they are not taking into account the needs of others in the conflict.
The more complex, deep-rooted, lengthy or violent the conflict the more essential a mapping process is, if it is ever to move out of its impasse.
Mapping is equally valuable for our everyday conflicts. It's best when you do it with the other person or group. No, it’s not simple, but the process does work! It can turn opponents into problem-solving partners.
The first thing to learn is that conflicts are part of life, we cant avoid them but we can make life less painful if we anticipate potential conflict and manage it constructively. Here are some clues:
- You have an initial feeling something is wrong - if you stop here and ask yourself "Is there something I could do about this". you may find yourself on a course of action that you would not have occurred to you before. It is relatively easy at this point to handle it.
- If you dont, then you start feeling tension which distorts your perception of the other person so most of what they do becomes weighed with negative attitudes and you worry.
As we are creating an alternative political framework for world pease we need the right words, we need peaceful words and suggestions for becoming a good leader.
Being a world leader calls for several distinguishing traits,qualities, among which Knowing how to:
- Act effectively as a guide
- Advise realistically
- Be strong at all times
- Choose associates wisely
- Commit to universal values