Educating Toward a Culture of Peace

Yaacov Iram, Bar Ilan University, Israel

A volume in the series: Peace Education. Editor(s): Laura L. Finley, Barry University.

Published 2006

This volume on "Education towards a Culture of Peace" is a timely undertaking, since the United Nations has proclaimed the years 2001-2010 as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World." A culture of peace as defined by the UN is "a set of values, attitudes, modes of behaviour and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations". (UN Resolutions A/RES/52/13 1998: Culture of Peace and A/RES/53/243, 1999: Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace).

Most of the chapters in this book are based on lectures that were presented at the International Conference, "Education towards a Culture of Peace". This conference was convened on 1-3 December 2003, by the The Josef Burg Chair in Education for Human Values, Tolerance and Peace - UNESCO Chair on Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance School of Education, at Bar Ilan University, Israel. This conference was held under the auspices of Israel National Commission for UNESCO and supported also by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, The office of Public Affairs of the US Embassy Tel Aviv, Fulbright – United States – Israel Educational Foundation.

List of contributors. Introduction, Yaacov Iram. Culture of Peace: Definition, Scope and Application, Yaacov Iram. PART I: Peace Education Paradigms. The Thin Line between Peace Education and Political Advocacy: Towards a Code of Conduct, Gerald M. Steinberg. Towards a Horizontal View of Society, Madhav. D Nalapat. Big Dream / Small Hope: A Peace Vision, Mohammed S. Dajani. PART II: Globalization and Peace. Peace Education and the Concept of Mankind, Dietmar Waterkamp. Echoes from the Periphery: Challenges to Building a Culture of Peace through Education in Marginalized Communities, Erwin. H Epstein. Moroccan Delinquent Boys in Dutch Society, Hans Werdmölder. Globalization and the Culture of Peace: Middle East a Case Study, Faisal O. Al-Refouh. PART III: Culture of Peace Perceptions. The Oslo Process and the Israeli-Jewish Public: A Paradox? Ephraim Yuchtman-Ya’ar. Hope in Times of Threat: The Case of Palestinian and Israeli-Jewish Youth, Shifra Sagy. Perceptions of Peace: A Case Study of Visiting Students in Israel, Erik H. Cohen. Context and Age-Related Differences in Judgments about Reflective Racial Tolerance: The Case of Israel., Rivka T. Witenberg and Rachel Gali Cinamon. The Role of Emotions in Peace Building Activities, Yaacov Yablon. PART IV: Religiosity and Culture of Peace. Education for Mutual Understanding: The Cases of Northern Ireland and Israel, F. Michael Perko. Arab and Jewish Women’s Inter-Religious Dialogue Evaluated, Ben Mollov and Chaim Lavie. Voices from among the Zionist Religious Community Regarding the Peace Process and the Disengagement Plan, Zehavit Gross. PART V: Peace Education Initiatives. Searching for Home: A Personal and Professional Quest for Peace, Grace Feuerverger. Tolerance Education and Human Rights Education in Times of Fear – A Comparative Perspective, K. Peter Fritzsche. The Prime Shared History Project: Peace Building Project Under Fire, Dan Bar-On and Sami Adwan. Educating towards a Culture of Peace: Good Governance–Peace or War, Rajayswur Bhowon.

"This volume is an excellent guide for discerning different education strategies for increasing dialogue on intergroup conflict. The book offers numerous ideas and solutions for the effective undertaking and facilitation of nonviolent peace negotiations." Brian J. Trautman Fielding Graduate University in Education Review (Read full review)