I set out to write these Teachable Moment blogposts to help get important conversations going. Things happen and we react to them but do not always take the opportunity they present for teaching and learning. As I write this, I realise that of course, I am going to learn as much from this as anyone reading … More Writing about Teachable Moments: Confession Time!
I am copying this from my website, as it is was posted on September 29, 2001, but it is available here as well. Lederach finished his essay by quoting the Irish poet, Seamus Heaney: “We will not win this struggle for justice, peace and human dignity with the traditional weapons of war. We need to change … More “On the far side of revenge”: John Paul Lederach on “The Challenge of Terror”
Today is the International Day of Non-violence, so dedicated because it is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi took the idea of ahimsa and gave it the form of a powerful political tool. The power of this tool for public action came from the fact that it drew its energy from an … More International Day of Non-violence: Reflections
by Unnamalai Manickam What does ‘PEACE’ mean to me? I just wondered what ‘peace’ meant actually to me. First, I asked a few questions to myself to disregard the general assumptions that are believed. When all my materialistic desires are satisfied, when I have no personal issues with anyone, when my ears are shut to … More A teacher reflects on peace
This came my way on Facebook. And what a lovely idea! Forgiveness and gratitude are simple ideas we learn about in childhood, but we don’t always learn how to live them. The “abhyaas” (practice) or careful nurturing of these ways of being are both very natural and very hard. One of the most beautiful … More The Global Forgiveness Challenge: Count me in! You?
In the Maldivian language, Dhivehi, there is no single word that means peace. In fact, there is a whole gamut of words that could mean peace. I am not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing. But what I do know is that right now, the whole country craves for an … More Guest post: You may say I am a dreamer..
Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three. Confucius As a teacher I always want to inspire my students to want to know and learn more. To give them that first corner and leave them with the excitement of finding the other three.And I often … More To ‘Sir’ with love
On the International Day of Peace, one cannot but ponder the fact that “Peace” means different things to different people. I have often been asked what does peace education look like from the inside? Is it just talking about good values and cooperation? Is it teaching one to be proactive about taking a stance? Is … More Peace Day
Thirty-one years ago today, an insignificant, unmarked listing appeared in the children’s page of the Pakistan Times. “Awarna Rajagopalan” of Bombay was seeking a Pakistani penfriend. In the month or two that followed, Awarna received almost a hundred letters, and not from children alone. The oldest person to write must have been her present age, … More Peace, one individual at a time!
The gentlest person I have ever known is probably my greatgrandfather, Padi Venkatrama Iyer, who was universally called ‘Anna.’ Born in Kanchipuram, Anna was left in his teens with the responsibility of fending for a large family of many children. His maternal uncle called him to Burma, where he found a job as a clerk. Anna, … More Anna’s night school