Peace education, as defined by UNICEF and supported by ADF, is a process of promoting the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values needed to:

  • bring about behavior changes that will enable children, youth and adults to prevent conflict and violence, both overt and structural;
  • resolve conflict peacefully; and
  • create the conditions conducive to peace, whether at an interpersonal, intergroup, national or international level.

It is UNICEF’s position and the position of ADF that peace education has a place in all societies — not only in countries undergoing armed conflict or emergencies. Lasting behavior change in children and adults primarily occurs over a span of time. Hence, effective peace education is a long-term process, not a short-term intervention. While often based in schools and other learning environments, peace education should ideally involve entire communities.

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