International Understanding is the cornerstone for building lasting world peace. Though a difficult and challenging task it is by no means an unattainable one. Education has a crucial role to play in laying the groundwork for achieving international understanding. Peace begins in the minds of people and it is in young minds that the future of the world rests. In this regard education can spearhead the efforts to create a culture of peace leading to a harmonious and conflict free human society.
James P. Grant, former Executive Director of UNICEF stated at the International Conference on Education, Geneva, 1994: Education for peace must be global, for as the communication revolution transforms the world into a single community, everyone must come to understand that they are affected by what happens elsewhere and that their lives, too, have an impact. Solidarity is a survival strategy in the global village.
The UNESCO in 1974 in its Recommendation Concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms stated that the following objectives should be regarded as major guiding principles of the educational policy:
Education, through the following ways and means, can contribute extensively for bringing about an international outlook among students:
In the words of Dr. Radhakrishnan, “The world once divided by oceans and continents is united physically today but there are still suspicions and misunderstandings. It is essential for us not to live apart but to live together. Understanding one another’s fears and anxieties aspirations and thoughts are what we are expected to do. We must not claim a racial extermination, enslavement or segregation but work for racial harmony. We may be German, we may be American, we may be Russian but we are essentially human beings. Let us not overlook this fundamental fact let us learn to live in a World Community.”
[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]Thus, it can be seen that education is the prime instrument through which seeds of peace can be sown in young minds and thus aid in developing an international understanding among the future citizens of our world. In today’s world, the nuclear checkmate may have resulted in an uneasy peace among the states but what is required is the creation of a positive peace in the minds of individuals which will ultimately lead to global goodwill and give a chance for an enduring peace in the world.[/shc_shortcode]
Education:Philosophy, Sociology and Economics. Edited by Naseerali M.K.