“Building a Culture of Peace”
By tradition, we always say that all past time was better; however, I want to write down some ideas that have existed in all ages of humanity and that we are still debating and commenting on today. I am referring to peace, the definition of which is nothing more than respect for oneself and for others. I know that many will not agree with my definition, but if we do not have Peace, we lose respect for each other.
Values have been changing, they are as dynamic as culture, which makes us find ourselves in a society that is less and less tolerant and less respectful of differences. It is here where family, school, work, and the environment in general are required to carry out an almost titanic task in the rescue of these values such as tolerance, respect and empathy, so important in the reconstruction of the type of society we want to leave to our children.
Faced with this reality, we urgently need to rethink our values of coexistence and, above all, our skills for the development of a world of peace and harmony.
The way to a better world and coexistence is peace; we must teach our students to see in the conflict and in the problem an opportunity to change and improve, to develop active listening, assertiveness and above all to teach them that in conflict there must always be a win-win situation, that both parts must give in and understand that in order to resolve a conflict both will not always win equally.
Our students have the opportunity to learn to solve their differences and problems in a better way, so we as educators have the duty to give them those tools, we have to give them the opportunity to live in a more tolerant and understanding world, where they learn to see more the things, they have in common than the things that differentiate and separate them.
This is the challenge we face today in our classrooms, to educate for a culture of peace, to educate to eliminate all kinds of violence and discrimination, to educate for understanding and above all for attention and respect for diversity in all its forms.
We must continue to deepen these issues with the objective of building a better world, where respect and peace are synonymous. It is not about seeking uniformity of ideas, because the culture of peace favors the harmonious inclusion of differences, which are desirable. Let us start with each one of us and aspire to unleash the butterfly effect that will lead us to a true culture of peace.
MSc. César Leandro Marín
Philosopher, Psychopedagogue, Educator and Virtual Tutor
Coodinator CGS Department