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Educating Young Children for a Peaceful World

by Lourdes R. Quisumbing
July/August 2000
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Children hold the future in their delicate hands, and they need us to enable them to shape that future, to inspire them to image and dream of a new world order, of hope, peace, and love, and to empower them with the concepts, values and attitudes, skills and practices to make their dreams come true.

Nan Whitcomb (1997), an Australian poet, in her book Believe in the Dream, writes:

Let us not take away
the dreams of children -
let them ride in the silver moonbeams
of (their imagination -
at least
until we can offer them
something better.

One who had such a wonderful dream to offer was Dr. Martin Luther King, a dream he believed in for his children, and the children of the future, and for which he gave up his life: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." He accepted the Nobel Peace Prize given to him in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December 1964, as "a profound recog-nition that non-violence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time, that we need to overcome ...

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