“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7
During the International Conference 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda, “Peace Education” and “Quality Education” were defined by almost 60 representatives of Protestant schools and organizations around the world as central themes of GPENreformation. For this reason, in 2018 the network heralded the “Peace Education Period” planned to run until the end of 2021.
The “Peace Education Period” is intended to promote “Protestant Communities of Peace”, i.e. educational institutions where both learners and teachers are encouraged and empowered to work actively for global solidarity and peace and thus contribute to a more peaceful society.
Achieving this goal requires more than individual lessons. Therefore, the following three dimensions – that of the individual, that of the institution and that of society – of the ongoing process are considered:
Dimension I: Learners as “Peacemakers”
The learners of all age groups – and thus also the teachers themselves – are at the centre of the educational mission. They should be “Peacemakers” who – based on their faith – work for peaceful coexistence in world society.
Dimension II: Educational Institutions as “Gardens of Peace”
Schools and universities are the central places of learning. They are to be “Gardens of Peace” which, on the basis of Christian values, promote a high quality of education and a culture of peace within and outside the school and university community. For this purpose, they rely on suitable and flexible learning and working structures, a learning environment that meets needs and sufficient space for individuality.
Dimension III: Protestant Peace Education as a Contribution to a “Culture of Peace”
Protestant schools and universities as well as their supporting associations and organizations are actively committed to peaceful coexistence in their immediate surroundings and in world society, thus promoting a “Culture of Peace”. The global community of GPENreformation supports its members in this and promotes the broad recognition of this essential contribution of Protestant educational actors to the common good. Effective public relations work and representation of interests are used for this purpose.
Here you will find our activities within the framework of the “Peace Education Period”.