Learning Peace is a peace education curriculum which was developed by DEPD for Romanian public schools. It involves several different topics such as Peace and Violence, Nonviolent Communication and The Choice of Using Violence in which students can learn in a non-directive way and by gaining diverse experiences as a group with their classmates. The program aims at teaching the students how violence is present in their everyday lives, how it can be avoided and how they can become multipliers for nonviolence. It is composed of seven obligatory modules and four elective modules, out of which the students can choose two. The pilot phase ended in January 2017 and has been evaluated as successful. Feedback by students and teachers was very positive and PATRIR is currently working on a continuation of the program.
- Teaching students about peace
- Spreading the concept of nonviolence
- Give students a possibility to learn in a creative way
- Enable students to explore their own strengths and get to know new interests
- Motivate students to become multipliers for peace and engage actively in campaigns and/or organize them
Students in the ages between 10 and 14 (5th to 8th grade)
The curriculum consisted of seven obligatory modules and four optional modules from which the students could choose two. Each module was designed to be taught in one school lesson (about 45 minutes).
The obligatory modules were:
- Peace and Violence
- What defines me?
- What defines the other?
- The Choice of Using Violence
- Nonviolent Communication
- Working as a Team
- A Look on the Whole World
The optional modules were:
- Children’s Rights
- No Bullying
- Switch Off/No Hate Speech Online
- Students will know and in the best case use nonviolent conflict transformation
- Conflicts at the school will be addressed in a more constructive way
- Students will engage in and organize campaigns for peace
Department for Education for Peace & Development:
- Konstantin Zagel
- Otilia Fogorasi-Hencz
No Hate Speech Movement:
- Dr. Irina Drexler