Education for International Understanding

One of the compelling challenges faced by developing countries today is preparing their societies and governments for globalization and the information and communication revolution. The policy-makers, business executives, NGO activists, academics, and ordinary citizens are increasingly concerned with the need to make their societies competitive in the emergent information economy. However, in persuade of economic growth, we at times fail to look back to our common goals of building up a happy society of people with good human values. Children in schools are entrusted to the teachers for their education. They are a sacred trust teachers receive. Parents and teachers therefore should not develop them toward some abstract ideal, but welcome them and midwife their entry into earthly life. The learning process should open up new possibilities for peace and justice in human relations, therefore the means used must be compatible with the end. It should permit horizontal interaction in which both teachers and students participate from a position of equality.

Education for International Understanding (EIU) is a value based approach to education where the children grow up with the values of culturing peace, respecting the essence of sustainable development, globalization, human right and cultural diversity. The world has become a global village and we all are mere global citizens today.Therefore, it becomes important to teach our younger kids in schools, the values of “Learning to live together”. The Culture of Peace 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. It is, therefore important to prepare our children for their future of vast diversity in respect to culture, religion, race and ethnicity.

“EIU aims to instill a culture of peace that encompasses individuals, communities, nations, global systems and a sustainable relationship between humanity and nature. EIU is grounded by the four pillars of learning – Learning to be, Learning to know, Learning to do, and Learning to live together. APCEIU emphasizes a pedagogical approach to EIU that integrates knowledge and understanding with the development of values and attitudes underpinning a culture of peace. EIU holds the conviction that education can make an impact on the minds, especially of young school children, about cultural knowledge and sensitivity. And it is only through cultivating knowledge and sympathy that we can begin to envision peace and tolerance”

“As our world becomes more interdependent and the problems we confront more global, it is critical that our young people gain knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare them to enjoy the benefits and accept the responsibilities of global citizenship. To do so, they must interact with and learn from their international peers; just as, as adults, they will live and work with people from different cultures in both local and global settings” Global Classrooms

According to UNESCO, the Culture of Peace involves a set of values, attitudes and behaviors which can be taught, developed and improved upon to enhance mutual understanding and conflict resolution and to attain it, requires transformation of institutional practices, as well as individual values and behaviors. Education system today, therefore, would play an ultimate role in the very process of building of Culture of Peace. EIU makes an effort to cater to these essential needs in every individual in order to bring happiness and culture of peace in the world.

“We envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to benefit from education and learn the values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future and for positive societal transformation” UNESCO

This page is mainly developed for creating a platform for teachers of Yebilaptsa MSS and all other fellow teacher-colleagues around the country to explore more about the education systems around the world and learn more about how education can bring positive changes in the life of our youth. Hope the ideas and insights gained through this page would be able to motivate teachers in having more global exposure on education. All the links which are given below are authentic and reliable to learn more on Education for International Understanding. The world today is greatly in need of a generation who will embrace the world with care by Learning to Live Together and it is we the teachers who are responsible for preparing our youth for making them a conscious global citizen.

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