Through education we equip ourselves with the skills that we need to be human beings who build healthy relationships and solve problems in ways that value the inherent dignity of others. If we are  equipped  with  relevant skills, we change perceptions and positively contribute to the development and welfare of our communities, thus reducing opportunities for conflict promoting behaviours.

Nonviolent communication

Video credits: BigIdeasGrowingMinds, published on Oct 10, 2019 

Reflect!: Write down notes about key concepts and most important features of nonviolent communication. You can watch the video again if needed. Why is this skill important for peace and peace education? 

(Bonus: you can also complete this exercise from The New York Center for Nonviolent Communication) 

Do!:Think of a concrete conflict situation you encountered in your daily life (e.g. with a family member, friend, at school etc). How could you approach this conflict using non-violent communication? Tip: Write a learning journal about your experiences and how you can further improve your nonviolent communication skills.

 

Active listening

Video credits: MindToolsVideos, published on June 12, 2015

Reflect!: Write down notes about key concepts and most important features of active listening. You can watch the video again if needed. Why is this skill important for peace and peace education?

Do!: During your next conversation with a close person pay attention to how you listen and what your main focus in the conversation is (e.g. are you focused on what is being said or what is the next thing you will say). Try to become aware of your ability to listen actively and try to think of ways to enhance this skill. Tip: Write a learning journal about your experiences and how you can further improve your active listening skills.

Giving and receiving (productive) feedback

Video credits: MSFTImagine, published on Sep 17, 2020

Reflect!: Write down notes about key concepts and most important features of giving and receiving feedback. You can watch the video again if needed. Why is this skill important for peace and peace education?

Do!: Visit an exhibition, read a news article or listen to a song and try to give it constructive feedback. Think how you would give constructive criticism for a soup that was too salty for your taste or a piece of cake which you didn’t like to a person who made it. Tip: Write a learning journal about your experiences and how you can further improve your skills on giving and receiving feedback.

Intercultural understanding and communication

Video credits: Biboy Tacardon, published on Sep 28, 2016

Reflect!: Write down notes about key concepts and most important features of intercultural communication. You can watch the video again if needed. Why is this skill important for peace and peace education?

Do!: Practice intercultural communication in daily life and write a learning journal about your experiences and how you can further improve your skills. Culture is a broad term and intercultural communication doesn’t only have to happen between people from different countries. The principles of intercultural communication can also be practiced with someone from another district, town or region, who lives in the same community but speaks a different native language, or has different values or beliefs.

Conflict resolution

Video credits: Litmos Heros, published on Dec 12, 2014

Reflect!: Write down notes about key concepts and most important features of conflict resolutions. You can watch the video again if needed. Why is this skill important for peace and peace education?

Do!: Acquiring all the skills mentioned in this section can help prevent or resolve conflicts. Think and write down how practicing these skills can reduce conflict situations and help you address existing conflicts in your daily life (you can use a real situation from the 1st exercise as a concrete example). Tip: Write a learning journal about your experiences and how you can further improve your skills on conflict resolution.

Living in peace with others

Imagine you found a magic wand that can bring peace to people with one simple swoosh. Imagine what this peaceful world looks like.

Think and describe (in around 5-10 sentences) which values, behaviors and skills you would ask from your magic wand that would be necessary for people to act more peacefully towards each other.