The celebration of International Peace One Day day gave students the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with peers of different ages, genders, cultures and linguistic backgrounds, to name a few. They had fun for sure and many will, I hope, carry the memories of that day with them for a long time.
The importance of language in the negotiation of peaceful interactions can not be overstated. Students require ongoing practice with engaging in these kind of interactions, to support them in their growth toward becoming global citizens. Further, Peace Education needs to be explicitly taught to students in order to raise their consciousness about problems, and to brainstorm and identify possible solutions in order to be active workers for change.
Some ways we currently explicitly teach students in elementary is through using the Learner Profile, Attitudes and Gecko’s Choices. Role plays and problem solving meetings also support students to think through issues, discuss solutions and make plans for action. In this way we help to prepare students for future challenges and give them the tools for success.