The United Nations is counting down to its International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, a day when nations are called to honor the vision of a peaceful world and to observe an official global ceasefire. Accordingly, we’re sharing an excerpt from the blog of the humane education conference we are co-hosting on that day—Educating for a Just, Peaceful & Sustainable Future—with our colleagues from Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART).
Every year the UN sets a theme for the Day of Peace, and the 2013 theme is Education for Peace. We couldn’t have asked for a better theme and are gratified that the conference this year will be in perfect alignment with the UN’s observance. In a recent message for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remarked about education and peace:
“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.” Read the entire message.
Knowing the UN has made education the focus for this year’s Day of Peace, we are inspired to make this conference a reality. We already knew that this focus must be a priority, and to have affirmation from the UN is very heartening
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