Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if peace-building became an integral part of every individual’s education? This simple yet profound question served as the catalyst for a transformative journey that has the potential to change the course of our shared future. It all begins with the Civic Peace Education Manual – a manual that represents a collection of best methods and theories, from various educational materials, and it’s a beacon of hope born out of the #RCT project!
The manual for Civic Peace Education, which was produced through the Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation activity and supported by #USAID, aims to offer broad knowledge on the topics of intercultural learning, communication and social entrepreneurship. The recent promotional event, which took place last week, brought together a diverse audience, including stakeholders, NGOs, teachers, trainers, activists, and all those committed to the fields of reconciliation and conflict transformation. This manual is poised to be their tool for taking assured steps in this critical domain.
The promotional event unfolded into an enlightening and engaging discussion, featuring panelists Suzana Maric Sejdija and Duresa Tafaj, both distinguished trainers in the realm of human rights, dedicated to nurturing a more equitable and peaceful society. What made their insights even more compelling was their hands-on experience with the Manual on Civic Peace Education, acquired through their roles as trainers at the Youth Peace Camp. During the event, they generously shared their invaluable experiences, recounting their journeys as educators who’ve harnessed the power of the manual in shaping the minds of young individuals.
Furthermore, the event benefited from a virtual connection with Nevena Radosavljevic, who is the editor of the Manual on Civic Peace Education as well as trainer on peace and conflict studies. She provided illuminating insights into her involvement in the manual’s composition and her experience on working for bringing this manual into life.
This event was followed by a fruitful discussion of the attendees, questions and curiosities on the implementation of the Manual on wider areas as possible such as schools, NGO’s, activities and so on. The event’s resounding success and the enthusiasm of its attendees underscore the importance of peace education. With copies of the manual in hand and a growing network of advocates, we are poised to be catalysts of change, working together towards a brighter future filled with understanding, empathy, and lasting peace.