Peace Education encompasses a diversity of pedagogical approaches within formal curricula in schools and universities and non-formal education projects implemented by local, regional and international organizations. It aims to cultivate the knowledge and practices of a culture of peace. In Lebanon, this culture is mainly promoted by non-governmental organizations and engaged intellectuals and artists since the late 1990s. Also, grassroots student dialogue clubs have flourished in a number of secondary schools. However, in the university context, it is considered to be a rare phenomenon. This paper introduces first to the issue of Peace Education in Lebanon. It then presents the conceptual characteristics and examples of applications of a Peace Education approach I developed and adopted in my classrooms from 2007 till 2014 in three universities with 3000 students of different religious, cultural, social-economic and political backgrounds. In conclusion, it identifies the positive changes the various class activities yielded in students' perceptions and relations, and the obstacles that this approach faced in a context of local and regional physical and psychological wars.
Pamela Chrabieh, American University in Dubai, UAE
Stream: Education: social justice and social change
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