From Peace to Prosperity: Emperor Asoka Ask anyone what they know about Emperor Asoka, and this is likely what they will come up with: He became a peaceful king after the Kalinga War and he planted trees all along roads. Those two facts, seemingly unconnected, describe the life of Emperor Asoka (304-232 BC), one … More Champion of Peace: Asoka the Great
It can be difficult to forge peace with your best friend if he hurts you and kills your father. But that is exactly what Sahr did: forgave his friend Nyumah, in an attempt to restore their friendship. It was all possible when the friends, who were torn apart during the war in Sierra Leone, came … More Champion of Peace: Fambul Tok
Richard Scarry’s books are among the world’s most popular children’s books in English. First published in 1963, they reflected the ethos of the 1950s in their stereotyping by gender and ethnicity. Over the decades, until his death in 1994, Scarry was sensitive enough to update his books in response to criticisms about this. “DiLeo was … More Richard Scarry’s evolving world!
Explosions Within and Without: The MLK Lesson Peace. It’s an elusive word. And when the going is tough, it’s tougher to uphold. When we’re in relative comfort and without anyone repeatedly challenging our basic civil liberties, it is relatively easy to espouse peace. But the litmus test of peace is during times of crises. Great … More CHAMPION OF PEACE: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Tegla Loroupe: No Friction, Please! When Tegla Loroupe runs, it is as if she propels forward, with zero friction to the ground. A concept she believes in wholeheartedly not just for the marathons she runs, but for communities in conflict as well. The Kenyan is the world record holder for 20, 25, and 30 kilometre … More Champion of Peace: Tegla Loroupe
Florence Nightingale: More than the Lady with a Lamp We know of Florence Nightingale as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’, and imagine her feminine figure walking among wounded soldiers. Did you know that she was also one of the brightest people of her time and that she was a sharp statistician and organizer as well? … More Champion of Peace: Florence Nightingale
Preah Maha Ghosananda: The Buddha of the Battlefields More than 10 lakh kilometres walked. And more than 20,000 villagers touched by the message of peace. That is Preah Maha Ghosananda’s legacy. Add to that the fact that Ghosananda’s entire family, including his 16 siblings, was wiped out during the Khmer Rouge regime, and his message … More Champion of Peace: Preah Maha Ghosananda
Nelson Mandela: A Convert to Peace Ever heard of a “troublemaker” transforming the landscape of a country, showing the way to the entire world? Well, that is the story of Nelson Mandela, the first Black president of South Africa. Working for equal rights of black people, he shared the Nobel Prize for Peace with F.W. … More Champion of Peace: Nelson Mandela
We are starting a new series of blogposts called “Champions of Peace.” The series will feature profiles, life-stories and anecdotes from the lives of women and men who worked for peace. Their work could have been in the actual sphere of stopping conflict, or in the more holistic way we would like children to understand … More Champions of Peace: A new blog series
Concerned about growing levels of violence in society? Spend a lot of time thinking about schooling and education? Passionate about international relations but not sure what you can do? Get in touch with us! We may be looking for you at Prajnya’s Education for Peace Initiative! Prajnya needs a few rock-solid-reliable, enthusiastic and committed volunteers … More Education for Peace: Call for Volunteers