INTERCULTURALITY: AN INSTRUMENT FOR PEACE AND SOLIDARITY EDUCATION
University of Granada (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN12 Proceedings
Publication year: 2012
Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:New situations and realities in modern societies have developed a new stage, characterized by diversity. Due to this, education for peace and solidarity it seems to be completely necessary. Many school are including innovative whole school programs, those create violence-free and peaceful school environments conducive to meeting the emotional, social, and intellectual needs of diverse school populations. Through creating a peaceful school environment characterized by unity in diversity, they harness the freeing and healing properties of unity to meet the manifold needs of the increasingly diverse populations in different cultural settings. The importance and emphasis on peace is based on the fact that peace and education are inseparable aspects of people and cultures. No civilization is truly progressive without education and no education system is truly civilizing unless it is based on the universal principles of peace and solidarity. On the other hand, solidarity itself is a basic factor in education, and education, in turn, a basic factor of social development, mainly in an increasing unequal world.
The main focus of this paper is the importance of intercultural education in a diverse society, using as tools two important skills: peace and solidarity (integrated in scholar programs or in the curriculum itself).
Keywords: Intercultural education, peace and solidarity.