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What is quality education?

Everyone dreams of quality education: parents for their children, teachers for their students, leaders for future generations, and companies for their future staff.

We all hope that every student will be successful in their education, be driven by human values, know how to prevent violence and replace it with dialogue, and become a citizen who proactively supports sustainable development, a harmonious society and a better world. That is quality education.

Where this website refers to peace education, it means education for a culture of peace: education in values, attitudes and human skills which encourage success and fulfilment in the classroom, raise environmental awareness, prevent violence and radicalisation, and foster harmony in society. Education for a culture of peace is the practical means for implementing quality education.

Quality education based on education for a culture of peace uses a constructive and sensitive approach to authority and positive discipline. It promotes intercultural skills, global citizenship, and the three dimensions of sustainable development. It helps both the teacher and the student to develop.

This approach, incorporating education for a culture of peace, means that the teacher is better equipped to build the students’ self-esteem, which is an essential component for successful education. The teacher develops genuine skills in peaceful classroom management. He or she learns to recognise and reduce all forms of violence in school, and to promote child protection. This results in the students feeling safe, having a sense of achievement, and wanting to go to school.

Keywords in education for a culture of peace

Read the definition of peace education, and compare it with UNICEF's definition from 1999. Use the Peace and Education dictionary to find exact definitions of the skills taught through this education. To deepen your understanding of the meaning of peace, see our description in the Peace Resources, under Basic concepts.

Education for a culture of peace focuses on building life skills for living together, i.e. human and social skills which contribute to a peaceful society, while also fostering academic success:

► Self awareness, self esteem, and emotional modulation

► Listening, dialogue, and reciprocal calming

► Cooperation, support, and mutual appreciation, employing kindness and empathy

► Observation, reflection, discernment of positive and negative influences

► Learning the rules and the reasons behind them, respecting them out of respect for others, and helping to suggest rules for living together peacefully

► Solving problems of any kind with confidence and creativity

► Prevention of all forms of violence: physical, verbal, psychological or emotional

► Fostering mutual inclusion, to prevent radicalisation

Graines de Paix is developing teaching resources containing detailed practical activities, including the “Growing up in peace” collection and teacher training modules that provide intensive, daily training in this range of skills.