In celebration of the International Day of Peace, the National Peace Academy is launching a free online curriculum, “Peace, Peacebuilding and Peacelearning: A Holistic Introduction.” This study guide designed for budding peace and community change leaders from children to adults. It is intended for both seasoned practitioners and those who are new to peacebuilding and who wish to create significant, meaningful and sustainable change in their personal lives, their communities, and the world at large.
The study guide is divided into three units, one each for children, youth and adults. The curriculum provides exercises and resources appropriate for the primary (elementary) and secondary (youth-adolescents) classroom. The adult curriculum is intended as an introductory self-study guide.
The 90-day curriculum is divided into 12 weekly lessons, requiring between 45-90 minutes to complete. Two weeks are given to each of the 5 spheres of peace of National Peace Academy’s program framework. The first lesson provides an introduction to all 5 spheres and the final lesson holistically weaves the 5 spheres together through practical applications.
The first 3 lessons for children, youth and adults are now available. Other lessons will be released weekly. A Teacher’s Guide is also available.
- Lesson 1 Adults: Towards a Holistic Conception of Peace
- Lesson 1 Youth: Memories of Peace: Remembering Right Relationships
- Lesson 1 Children: Peace is Right Relationships: Seeing the Big Picture
International Day of Peace & Push4Peace
This curriculum was developed to support Push4Peace, a 90-day global media campaign also launched on the International Day of Peace. Over the past few decades, there has been an exponential growth of peacebuilding efforts quietly emerging around the world. This emergence has spread over multiple sectors of society and across a continuum ranging from inner to international peace. Under the banner of Push4Peace, a group of strategic partners is working to catalyze a worldwide celebration of these diverse efforts as part of a growing wave of peace. Their aim is to reach one billion people and inspire a billion actions for peace. Take the “pledge for peace” today! This curriculum is the National Peace Academy’s contribution to this effort.