Education for peace-building
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This chapter discusses how the three pillars, inclusion, citizenship and wellbeing, in a maximal, rather than a reductionist, way can provide schools with a holistic understanding as well as practical ways of working towards creating a culture of positive peace. Inclusion contributes to peace-building work in schools by: reducing barriers to learning and participation for all students; addressing questions of equity; promoting understanding and valuing of difference; and thereby building a more cohesive community within and beyond the school. Citizenship enables schools to engage students in thinking critically and acting with integrity in the world in which they live, and for which they will ultimately be responsible. Spiritual wellbeing is connected with feelings of awe, wonder, purpose and meaning; this returns us to harmony and inner peace. Schools are increasingly addressing wellbeing through the practice of mindfulness, which draws on Eastern spirituality and philosophy and creates the conditions of inner peace.