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Dr. Doris Molero's insight:
As we continue working on our Avatar for peace project, we keep on finding gems on the road... this is From Marisa Contantinides, a wonderful language educator... She explains here why teaching about peace is a good idea for language learners or any kind of learner...
Educating for Peace requires improvement or development of the following:
Becoming a good communicator – improving communication skills
Developing the ability to resolve conflicts
Improving understanding and developing empathy for others
Developing the ability to view issues from a multiple perspective
Developing critical thinking
There is also a need for knowing things. Learners who know very little about the world and others will need help with:
Improvement of general knowledge
Knowledge of the target language community
Knowledge of their own country and their own culture
Knowledge of cultures other than their own
Finally, educating for peace requires more self-confidence and improvement of self-image in our learners.