Education for Global Peace
War has many far-reaching effects. It impacts the people of the countries involved and disrupts their lives in multiple ways. One of them is education. Children in countries where there are conflict and strife will be less likely to receive any training than in other countries. Learning takes a backseat in such places. This is an area of concern.
In countries like Syria, where there has been an ongoing crisis for years, which has destroyed a large part of the infrastructure, the youth are facing a considerable challenge. The education system is in shambles and to top it all there is hunger, displacement, lack of opportunities, and many more problems.
The children of such places are being shaped by violence, displacement, and no life opportunities. Without immediate action and focused investment on education these children and youth, this problem will continue to grow, and the impact will be far-reaching. In a poll conducted in June 2017, 68% of the participants stated that without education, peace, stability, friendships, prosperity, happiness, and health of the society, in general, is in danger. It will lead to increased conflicts and repetitive cycles of violence. Education provides physical as well as psychosocial protection to save and sustain lives.
Even when children of war-torn countries can get access to education, they face a host of other problems – the classrooms are overcrowded, there is a lack of teachers available, and there is a significant possibility of violence on the way to school and back.
Many private organisations dedicate themselves to ensuring proper education for children in war-stricken countries. They focus on formal education, and also equal opportunities to both boys and girls in the area of education. There is a gender gap in STEM: Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math. Efforts are being made to educate more girls in these four areas.
Some organisations are involved in setting up temporary learning spaces for displaced communities. They provide the necessary learning materials and train teachers in how to handle children who have been through trauma. Such children often need other help – medical or psychological, and organisations identify and support these needs.
It is essential to realise that educational opportunities should be provided to both boys as well as girls. Also, the innovation capabilities of the youth are limitless, and the proper support for their efforts will benefit the world at large.
The role of education in global peace is significant. As long as there is a lack of knowledge, there will be poverty and lack of awareness, and violence will be rampant amongst such impoverished groups. The only way to a peaceful future for all is through educating our youth.
Image source: Susan Yin