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Welcome to EDUCATORS FOR PEACE, Sweden 

We are a non governmental, non religious and non party political organisation, founded in 1982 with the aim to support and develop education for peace and disarmament on all levels of the educational system, from pre-school to university, and in non formal education. We are dependant only on our member fees.

Since 1986 we have been part of the International Association of Educators for Peace and their international peace education congresses held every other year since the first one in Copenhagen 1986, on a joint Scandinavian initiative. One of our aims has since then been to help implementing the Unesco recommendations for peace education and a culture of peace.

For more information on the aims of our organisation, see the attached document "The role of Education in the Peace Building Process", below this text.

Nonviolent Conflict Management

In cooperation with 3-4 mayor peace organisation we have since 2003 been working with a joint educational project with the goal, to promote education for non violence and constructive conflict resolution. in schools and in out of school activities for young people, in teacher training and in universities. The project, "Peace is in Our Hands" (with Unesco´s logo), has arranged a number of conferences with teacher trainers, educators and researchers in conflict handling, teacher students, school psychologists, parliamentarians and representatives for the teachers´ trade unions, and supported a number of local inititives to promote knowledge and skills in nonviolence and conflict management.

On March 9, 2005, the Swedish Parliament passed a bill stating that "good knowledge of conflict management" should be a part of the training for all teacher students. In April 2010, our Parliament voted FOR the Government proposal for a new organisation of teacher training, including a 7.5 p course for all teacher students in "Social relations, conflict management and leadership" with theory and practice, in accordance with our proposal. It did take some time to get here, it was through cooperation we achieved our goal - but the implementation remains! 

We are also working on the National Curriculum development. Since 1994, conflict handling is in the curriculum for our pre-schools - we want it for all students, on all levels.

Education for Disarmament

The Swedish Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War has in 2008 developed an extensive educational web material on nuclear disarmament, found on www.slmk.org/larom , with an English as well as a Swedish version.

We have translated the excellent school material "I Can Learn Abolition" by Tim Wright (for the international ICAN campaign) which is included there, and adapted it for use in Swedish schools, where we try to spread it as much as possible. It consists of 21 ready made lessons to be used in high school (age 12-18). The original English version is also found on the website mentioned above, under "För lärare" on the menue.

If you wish more information, please contact info@larareforfred.se ! We would be happy to hear from you and exchange experiences. Disarmament education is as difficult as necessary!

 

The Role of Education in the Peace Building Process

Educators for Peace, Sweden, in the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION of EDUCATORS FOR PEACE:

 

THE ROLE OF EDUCATION IN THE PEACEBUILDING PROCESS

particularly  in  conflict  areas

The suggestions below have been made in our international peace education congresses held since 1986 in Europe, North America and Africa; in Lillehammer -96 and Graz -98 we had a number of participants from all the Balkan countries and eastern Europe. These are mainly their conclusions. They concern what might be done both to prevent an armed conflict and to build sustainable peace after an armed conflict has come to an end.

Today, many of them are in the UN Declaration and Action Program for a Culture of Peace.

 

As soon as a peace treaty has been signed (if possible they should be included in it), measures should be taken to analyze the role school and university education plays or might play to prevent or to strengthen the process of building a sustainable peace. Financial aid should be granted also for this educational part of the peace process.

As a natural part of the peace building process it should be demanded from governments and educational authorities that they, as soon as possible after signing the peace treaty, find ways to

 

-  initiate an analysis and revision of school textbooks to eliminate all enemy/victim pictures, prejudice, stereotypes of "the others", glorification of war and violence, ultranationalism, and that new books be written from a perspective of peace instead of war

-  start finding, by cooperation between historians from both sides, a description of history that can be accepted by all parties involved, and to write new history books for schools

 -  give teachers basic and in-service training in how to help children with traumatic war experiences in their school situation, help them believe that a sustainable peace is possible and make them see how they can influence their own situation

 - offer training in conflict analysis and conflict transformation to all who work with children and young people, and training in how to teach this on all levels 

- introduce, where necessary, the study of all the world religions into the curriculum, to further the "understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations and religious groups"(as demanded in the UN Convention Against Discrimination in Education, art.5), as well as offering knowledge and methods for teaching intercultural understanding 

- enter the study of the conventions of all human rights and methods for applying and teaching them on all levels of all education, also for police, lawyers, social and medical workers, journalists and all others who work with people

 - implement, where possible, a teacher training common for both/all ethnic groups, and, as far as possible, also integrated schools

 - encourage international friendship school relations with common HR projects as a theme

 - make sure the students are given frequent training to do their own thinking, see through myths and prejudice of all kinds in media, literature and marketing, to form their own views, participate in decision making and to take responsibility. The structure of schools may have to be changed in order to educate for a civil society. Democracy and peace can only be learnt by practising democracy and peace.