A study on the role of international and national agencies in inculcation of the value of peace among school students in India
Dr. Shruti Kant Pandey
Peace is the foremost among the essentials of life in the world. It is the single attribute that ensures progress, prosperity, comforts, happiness, creativity, fearlessness, discipline, contentment and many more pleasures of life. Hence, it is obvious that scriptures, preachers, philosophers, politicians, educationists all over the world have advocated the inculcation of the value of peace in all stages and dimensions of human life.
Federico Mayor Zaragoza, (1998) the member of the Honorary Board of the International Decade for the ‘Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World’ has aptly stated that “Peace is possible for life at all stages and it is up to man to choose his destiny or to suffer from the horrors of war.” The other complementary statement is documented by UNESCO (1945) that “Since wars begin in the minds of people, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed”. Both these statements indicate that the value of peace is primary and the most obligatory for human progress and survival of human race on the earth.
In the backdrop of growing competition, conflicts, ambitions, fanaticism, prejudices and intolerance; an effectual strategy for inculcation of the value of Peace among school students has become a must. As a matter of satisfaction, there are numerous international, national, non-governmental and humanitarian organizations and institutions which are planning, implementing, monitoring and researching initiatives for ensuring inculcation of peace as a holistic approach embracing the physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth of children within a framework deeply rooted in traditional human values. It is based on philosophy that teaches love, compassion, trust, fairness, co-operation and reverence for the human family and all life on our beautiful planet. The role of UNO, UNESCO, Amnesty International, NCERT, NCTE, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, Community Based Institute on Peace Education is chiefly remarkable in this context.