Learning these skills would encourage the development of characteristics such as empathy, sincerity, justice, and caring. Religion has a definite role to play in people's search for world peace. The leaders and participants of the Eighth Assembly of the ACRP added the importance of peace education in the Recommendations of the Incheon Declaration: “National chapters work with their ducational authorities to ensure that peace education is incorporated at all levels of the curriculum.”. Nevertheless, this worthy goal will not be attained except through the following steps to be taken by world religious leaders, intelligentsia, different kinds of priests and clergies, and political leaders at large: A more explicit Qur’anic declaration is that: “To each of you we have prescribed a Law and an Open way” (holy Qur’an, 5/48). Both sisters lived a hard life. One of the purposes of the United Nations is “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” (Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations). Educating the young to negotiate constructively fosters the kind of spiritual health and social competence that is important to improving quality of life. The moral principles and values contained in the teachings of great religious teachers are essential factors for the reduction and ultimate eradication of greed, hatred, and delusion—which form the root cause of various conflicts and wars, both within and without. The research work investigated the role of Christian Religion Education in promoting peaceful co-existence among students in Barkin Ladi LGA. The older sister was brought up by her uncle and aunt. The basic aim of religious education is to promote the obedience of Allah Almighty and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the form of true believers of Islam for a peaceful and harmonious society. Kathy R. Matsui, PhD, is Professor of Global Citizenship Studies at Seisen University, Tokyo. Let us hope that we will have even more fruitful discussions in the years to come, thus achieving our goal of promoting peace and justice all over the world. We have met four times since the launching of NARPI: in 2011 in Seoul and Inje, South Korea; 2012 in Hiroshima, Japan; 2013 in Inje, South Korea; and 2014 in Nanjing, China. The first is “peace through religion alone”. Children and education systems are … Truth, love, compassion, nonviolence, accommodation and charity are the value systems which are common across the religions.”. The Text Widget allows you to add text or HTML to your sidebar. The sample size of the study comprised of students and 20 teachers, giving a total of 100 respondents who were selected through a … The younger sister was taken to an orphanage. The minds of the leaders of the world are still set in thinking that national security is about being equipped with military arms and strength, that violence can be prevented by violence, and that violence can be resolved by violence. What can we do to make this world a better and safer place to live? Deeper understandings of the myriad of pressures faced by teachers both inside and outside of the classroom are required, allied to a clear recognition, backed by positive policy and funding initiatives, that education and teachers hold one of the keys to bui… Peace can help achieve the right to basic quality education. The survivor was eight years old at the time. Religion he argues, subverts science, fosters fanaticism, encourages bigotry, does not in reality support peace and influences society in other negative ways. Furthermore, the Holy Qur’an, citing Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) says that: “Say: My Lord has commanded me justice” (Holy Qur’an, 7/29); or, in another verse, addressing the whole mankind, says that: “Be just, that is next to piety” (Holy Qur’an, 5/8). Religion guides us in what we need to do and should do with the words of wisdom found in the spiritual teachings. If the attempt to resolve conflict is done in a violent way that disrespects the dignity of others, it promotes destruction and hatred. 9 At times, religious actors and movements that have been active in promoting such political change have accepted violence as a necessary cost. God bless you all. Elias Rubenstein Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Good Afternoon. My intentions are to share how peace education has helped the peace-building participants process the terrible incident of the Nanjing Massacre and envision a positive way forward to propose what they can do to change this cycle of violence and hatred. The Role of Social Media in Peace Education. Verily religion, per se, has never been combative and pugnacious, nor willing to oppress and exploit people. These are only three examples of the Islamic jurisdictions on how the Islamic community should be just and peaceful towards the others. But the participants in the peace-building training––young Chinese, Koreans, Mongolians, and Japanese––having taken peace-education and peace-building courses beforehand for five days, all thought deeply on the matter, and the following are some of the questions and comments that resulted. Christian Religion education teaches peace and tolerance, and its promote the virtue of peaceful co-existence such as, forgiveness, reconciliation, love, respect for life and other values that promote non-violence leading to progress and lasting peace in the school. One Mongolian participant explained: “Every horrifying photograph and artifact had an explanation that said ‘the Japanese military did this’ or ‘the Japanese government did that.’ Can’t we change the subject of the sentences to ‘war did this’ or ‘war brought about this horrifying situation? It is reposted here with permission. The Role of Religion in Peace Making1 By Amina Rasul Presented at the CSID 10th Annual Conference May 5th, 2009 Context: Religion and Peacemaking Two weeks ago, the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) held its 14th “Talks on the Hill” in Davao City, Philippines. ([Teachers College Press, 1988], 59). The sample size of the study comprised of students and 20 teachers, giving a total of 100 respondents who were selected through a stratified random sampling technique. The Role of Religion and Peace Education in Cultivating the Heart That Welcomes the Other. Peace is an essential requirement for the satisfaction of human basic needs such as food, shelter, health, education, labor and environment. Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi Says:                                            Though the book is intended for reading. Empathy is defined as an active effort to understand another person’s interpersonal event as if one were that other person rather than judging the other person’s behavior from one’s own perspective. The older sister withstood all hardship and lived to this day to tell the story. In most cases, more than 90 percent of all casualties are civilians. Paper presented in the second round of dialogue between Iran and Korea, Seul, Dec. 4, 2012. Kathy R. Matsui 12 January 2015. Religion and peacebuilding refer to the study of religion's role in the development of peace. 10 Philpott notes, "In some conflicts, religious ends and identities mingle." In the past as well as in our present world, going to war has been glorified as a noble and heroic act, and war movies are glamorized. War dehumanizes us and the presumed enemy. Peace educators pursue a vision of society in which people commit themselves to caring for others instead of exploiting them. As Dr. M. H. Qureshi mentioned in his keynote address at Commission 2 on Human Rights and Well-Being during the Eighth Assembly of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP), held in Incheon, South Korea, in August 2014: “The most important aspect of all the religions is that they have developed certain common values in spite of their so many differences in their practices. 42. THE ROLE OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION EDUCATION IN PROMOTING PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE AMONG STUDENTS. Say: Everyone acts according to his own disposition, but your Lord knows best that who is best guided on the way” (17/84). It seeks this transformation by building awareness and understanding, developing concern and challenging personal and social action that will enable people to live, relate and create conditions and systems that actualize nonviolence, justice, environmental care and other peace values. In the same way, nowadays, such extreme terrorist activities like the Sep. 11 attack, or attacking girl schools in Pakistan under the banner of Shariah and Islam’s opposition to women education!, performed by Taliban, al-Qa’idah, and similar groups, are very good examples of religious extremism and misdeed. After hearing her story, some of the Japanese participants broke into tears, especially when they heard the survivor say that it was no fault of the young Japanese people who were there in the room. More credence should be given to the transformative capabilities of well trained, supported, motivated and remunerated teachers. ROLE OF TEACHER FOR PEACE EDUCATION, Mr. Rajendrakumar Muljibhai Parmar Their change of attitude gave me hope that our young generation can learn how to make decisions and find positive ways to go forward. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. In Christianity, samples of this extreme behavior can be seen in the Crusades and the Thirty-Years War (between Catholics and Protestants), and in Judaism one can notice the same behavior of rigidity, extremity, and blood shedding against both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews), especially against Christian initiates during the early years of Christian era. B., Ph.D. Thank you again for your kind hospitality, and thank you for giving me the chance for presenting my views in this august meeting. It cultivates the knowledge base, skills, attitudes and values that seek to transform people’s mindsets, attitudes and behaviors that, in the first place, have either created or exacerbated violent conflicts. Education has come to be today as nothing more than an Instrument of livelihood. Wars also destroy the natural environment. Some said that they were a bit nervous in the beginning to meet the Japanese participants. ( Log Out /  Millions are displaced, and women’s percentage is higher both as refugees and as victims of war crimes. Education must prepare the student for future occupational positions, the youth should be enabled to play a productive role in society. But what is the truth about war? Keywords : peace, peace education, peace education, peace initiative 1. Japanese soldiers killed her parents, grandparents, and two older sisters. This paper mainly focuses on the role of religious education, particularly Islamic education in promoting peace and harmony in a society. Peace education initiative is seen as a welcomed development in both peace building and maintenance. I want to find ways to stop these frightening things from happening again, and that is why I am here to participate in the NARPI program.”, The Northeast Asian participants posed such questions and shared their thoughts. The most fundamental problem we must address when dealing with any war crime is the profound fear of death that soldiers experience. Change ), This is a text widget. The role of religion in democratization processes, for instance, is relatively more documented than the literature on violence. In the light of my long involvement in teaching “foreign” (non-Islamic) religions and comparative religious studies at different Iranian colleges and universities, I have come to the firm conviction that all world religions, and especially the three divine religions of Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam, based on their original divine teachings reflected in their sacred books, are genuinely peace-loving and justice-oriented religions. Download Complete Project / Seminar Research Material on "The Role Of Christian Religion Education In Promoting Peaceful Co-Existence Among Students" ( Log Out /  To start with, I would like to thank my friends at the Cultural and Islamic Relations Organization who prepared the way for my attending this august gathering and our dear Korean hosts who have extended the invitation and made all the necessary arrangements in order to make our meeting possible. Conflict has both negative and positive aspects. While Annemarie Schimmel, the famous German Islamologist, and Orientalist of our time, openly states that: “Among all the religions Christianity had to confront and deal with, Islam was both misunderstood and attacked most intensely. There are various sacred writings of the religions on earth that provide universal value systems. And yet the minds of the leaders of the world are still set in thinking that national security is about being equipped with military arms and strength, that violence can be prevented by violence, and that violence can be resolved by violence. We offer training programs to practitioners, professionals, activists, students and staff of non-governmental organizations and faith-based groups” (from the NARPI Web site). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This book explores how media and religion combine to play a role in promoting peace and inciting violence. The research work investigated the role of Christian Religion Education in promoting peaceful co-existence among students in Barkin Ladi LGA. As it was said earlier, to save time and space, we refrain from giving examples of non-Abrahamic religions, otherwise, the same pattern can be shown in such traditions as Buddhism (with monk-soldiers in Kyoto outskirts), Shintoism (state or governmental Shintoism), Hinduism, Sikhism, etc. The Right to Education: what role in promoting a culture of non-violence and peace? ([Miriam College Center for Peace Education, 2008], 21). Education is a core element of peace. It analyses a wide range of media - from posters, cartoons and stained glass to websites, radio and film - and draws on diverse examples from around the world, including Iran, Rwanda and South Africa. ROLE OF SCHOOL & TEACHER IN PROMOTING VALUE EDUCATION THROUGH POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Bhave B. How can we change the mind-set of our leaders and our society from the culture of war to the culture of peace? She is also active in inter-religious dialogue and cooperation for world peace as a member of the Women’s Executive Committee, Peace Research Institute and the Peace Education Task Force of World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP). © 2018 Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc. We use cookies to enable functionality in some ares of the website and improve our services. ROLE OF TEACHER FOR PEACE EDUCATION Mr. Rajendrakumar Muljibhai Parmar* ... revolution took a wrong turn promoting consumerism and militarism. I believe that violence cannot be resolved by violence, as it brings more violence. In this respect, sure there is no difference between divine (sky) and undivine, or Eastern and Western, and other categories of religion. You can use a text widget to display text, links, images, HTML, or a combination of these. See our, The Role of Religion and Peace Education in Cultivating the Heart That Welcomes the Other, Resource-Based Conflict and Peacebuilding Training Program, International Institute on Peace Education, Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict, Global Campaign for Peace Education of Hague Appeal for Peace. My continued cultural interest and engagement with Japan earned me the highest cultural order of that country, the Order of the Rising Sun: Gold and Silver, which was bestowed on me by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan April 29, 2010. They offer very valuable insights and examples as to what we can do to face our sufferings and attain peace, harmony, and happiness. Learning focuses on the values and behaviors that enable individuals to learn to live together in a world characterized by diversity and pluralism. Religion maintains the spiritual and physical health of the person. But the very agents and commanders (the priests, clergies, and so on) of religions, using powerful religious establishments and agencies, along with simple-hearted sentiments of zealous and fanatical masses, have sometimes shown extreme cruelty, oppression, and exploitation against their own people and the others, all in the name of religion! War changed normal people into beasts and heartless beings?’”, One Korean participant said: “No matter what ethnic background we come from, don’t we need to know and predict the possibility that in times of war, we ourselves might build that evil in us and do the beastly things that were done in Nanjing?”, One Chinese participant said: “I feel we have to think what we can do from here. But is that so? The Chinese participants stayed close to the Japanese participants and comforted them in as many ways as they could. This is the true face of war that has been repeated in history countless of times at the expense of so many lives. Nathan C. Funk and Christina J. Woolner categorize these approaches into three models. ABSTRACT The research work investigated the role of Christian Religion Education in promoting peaceful co-existence among students in Barkin Ladi LGA. The Christian golden rule is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Or the Islam version would be “Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” Buddhism mentions the importance of transforming the pain inflicted by others and embracing anger and suffering. Ja’fari”, Dialogue between Islam and Shintoism: A Precursor to Cultural Understanding and Cooperation. Contact us at +63 82 295 3776 or email us. Such brutality is often caused by hatred of others, as is clearly illustrated in acts of racism. Nurturing peaceful characteristics within all humans could eventually lead to the development of a culture of peace. Abandon all kinds of extreme, coarse, and combative interpretations of religious beliefs and practices, as those of Taliban and al-Qaeda, and stick to a more modern, rational, progressive and constructive interpretation of religion found in genuine Shi’ite Islam or near such (political) leaders. I couldn’t help but pray and bow with respect before the walls with three hundred thousand names to commemorate the victims. Thus one can say that the issue of “religion”, like other subjects, depending on one’s social, cultural, and even political position, may be misread and misunderstood rather widely, hence leading people to misjudgment, error, and misbehavior. We still hear in the news of one country killing people of another country, of one ethnic group killing another ethnic group or military men raping women of the so-called enemy country or ethnic groups. She and her four-year-old sister were the only survivors of her family. It sets us to think that the “other” is the enemy. The role of religion in promoting a culture of peace. Loreta Navarro-Castro and Jasmin Nario-Galace explained in Peace Education: A Pathway to a Culture of Peace: Peace education, or an education that promotes a culture of peace, is essentially transformative. I felt sad that my country committed such inhumane atrocities in Nanjing. Following the 9/11 attack, it is said that more than 19,600 people have been killed in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She has worked with peace researchers and educators internationally at the International Institute on Peace Education, the Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict, and the Global Campaign for Peace Education of Hague Appeal for Peace. The massacre happened in 1937 when the Japanese military committed genocide against fifty thousand to three hundred thousand victims (the lower estimate is according to scholarly research, and the higher estimate is that given by the Chinese government). Nay, unfortunately, this has not been the case and, to the contrary, during the long history of man’s life on earth, religion too, like many other highly-valued concepts such as freedom, democracy, human rights, the right of protecting one’s life, property, and family, the right of defending one’s homeland, and even the right of supporting the needy and the oppressed, has been widely manipulated. Betty Reardon, former director of Peace Education Center at Columbia University in New York, noted the following in her book Comprehensive Peace Education: Educating for Global Responsibility: The value of citizenship calls on us to educate people to be capable of creating a nonviolent, just social order on this planet, a global civic order offering equity to all Earth’s people, offering protection for universal human rights, providing for the resolution of conflict by nonviolent means, and assuring respect for the planet that produces the life and the well-being of its people. What I am going to introduce here is not meant to shame my country, Japan. Regarding peacefulness and making friendship towards the others, the Holy Qur’an has only one red line which is not to be surpassed, and that is the very fair pre-condition that the adversaries do not attack the Islamic land, do not loot or plunder Islamic properties nor kill innocent Muslims, and do not expel Muslim habitants from their motherland, conditions which are explicitly elaborated in the following verse: ” لَایَنْهَیکُمُ اللَّهُ عَنِ الَّذِینَ لَمْ یُقَاتِلُوکُمْ فِی الدِّینِ وَلَمْ یُخْرِجُوکُم مِّن دِیَارِکُمْ أَن تَبَرُّوهُمْ وَتُقْسِطُوا إِلَیْهِمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ یُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِین  “. Role of teacher in peace education Dr. Santosh Kumar Behera Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, Purulia, West Bengal-723101, Email:[email protected] Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men [and women] that the defenses of peace must The sample size of the study comprised of students and 20 teachers, giving a total of 100 respondents who were selected through a stratified random sampling technique. That is why one has an arrogant and hostile understanding of Islam, while the other has a kind, friendly and passionate impression of it; One’s impression of Islam is combative and the other is peaceful; One draws unity from the Islamic teachings and the other division and discord; One promotes traditionalism and the other modernity; One has a peaceful reading of Islam and the other a hostile one; and so on. “Every year, NARPI hosts Summer Training in August and provides a selection of six different courses and a field trip. Dawkins states that preachers in the southern portions of the United States used the Bible to justify slavery by claiming Africans were descendants of Abraham’s sinful son. So be it. The answer is, cultivating the hearts that welcome the other through religious teachings and peace education. The research work investigated the role of Christian Religion Education in promoting peaceful co-existence among students in Barkin Ladi LGA. So in order to preserve this earth, it is important to work for peace, to nurture peace within ourselves, to bring peace to the environment. This article was originally published in Dharma World 2015 January-March Vol. For a rather long time, I have also been involved in various cultural/religious dialogues between Islam and the West, Islam, and Christianity and Judaism, and between Iran and Japan-where I was an ambassador from 1981 to 1986. For Allah loves those who are just” (Holy Qur’an, 60/8). This role is well articulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), which seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.Moreover, the objective of SDG 4.7 is to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustai… In his book Hidden Horrors: Japanese War Crimes in World War II, Yuki Tanaka explains that the study of Japanese war crimes offers an opportunity, to learn how easily a person, regardless of nationality, can be trapped by the psychology of brutality when involved in war. You may accept or decline the use of cookies. Real or invented threats and brainwashing make us willing to sacrifice everything in war, even to the extent of committing genocide and ethnic cleansing. That they withdraw from one-sided missionary activities, presenting their own tradition as a peace-loving and just one, and all the other traditions as combative and unjust; Cleaning one’s eyes and hearth from any kind of misunderstanding and biased enmity and hatred, trying to see the whole universe and the mankind as genuine divine manifestations full of dignity, love, and respect. As the former UN Secretary General said: “Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name." What can we do to learn from history and prevent any inhumane activities from happening again? In other words, sound and proper understanding and practice of a religion depend on the proper thinking, reasoning, presumption, intellectual basis, reading, the impression of the individual believers and religious leaders. We should never again violate the dignity of others.”, One Japanese participant said, “Such horrifying events still happen to this day. Ja’fari” August 31, 2017 This is the crucial conclusion of the new literature review. For more than a millennium, Islam seemed to be a major-if not the major- threat for the people of Europe, and this feeling has contributed to the fact that Islam and those who confessed it, the Muslims, were regarded as arch enemies of Christianity and western civilization.”, (An Introduction to Islam, State University of New York Press, 1992, p. 1). Peace education is education for change. (لِيَقُومَ النَّاسُ بِالْقِسْطِ) (Holy Qur’an, 57/25), since the very foundation of the cosmos and the whole universe is based on truth and justice: “Verily, God testifies that there is no deity except Him, and so do the angels and persons possessing knowledge, standing firm on justice, testify that there is no god but He, the Exalted in power, the Wise” (Holy Qur’an, 3/18). I sincerely hope that our today’s meeting will enhance our mutual understanding and will pave the way towards a better dialogue and cooperation in the future. It is interesting to note that this same author asserts that “the widespread idea that Islam made its way through the world mainly through fire and sword cannot be maintained; … the term “holy war” goes  back to the Crusaders who used it for their own undertaking; it is unknown in classical Islam” (ibid., pp 69-70). . How can we change the mind-set of our leaders and our society from the culture of war to the culture of peace? That is why, in the light of the above two premises, one can rightly conclude that any sound cultural/religious understanding and dialogue will certainly lead to a sound and permanent socio-political understanding and interaction, and that, in turn, will inevitably lead to the promotion of friendship and peaceful coexistence between nations, thus leading to world peace and justice. That is what happened on September 11, 2001. In order to overcome fear during war, people tend to rely upon violence, which in turn degrades their morals and manifests itself as an outbreak of brutality. April 3, 2019 News & Highlights 0 ... content wisely and steering clear of any potential social-media danger zones you can effectually convey your message of promoting Peace Education to the world. It should enable the student to take out his livelihood. Book Description. Some came to me and asked, “What can I do or say to our Japanese friends?” or said, “I don’t know what to do.”.