Families as Seedbeds of a Culture of Peace
Families are supposed to be the bedrock of society, but to what extent do they really promote a culture of peace? This series of courses seeks to strengthen them to play a better role as a seedbed of future citizens for a new world.
This series of courses is meant for various groups: children, adolescents, youth, and parents, as well as educators seeking to improve their work with families.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to apply various approaches and strategies to improve the role of families as seedbeds of a culture of peace.
In order to achieve this goal, during the course students will learn to:
1. Enhance verbal and non-verbal communication in the family with empathy, active listening, ‘I’ messages, etc.
2. Make decisions together in mutual consultation with unity of purpose, thought and action.
3. Express appreciation appropriately to build healthy self-esteem without involving the ego or a sense of superiority.
4. Practice non-violent discipline with love, accompaniment, limits and agreements, authority without authoritarianism, being a living example.
5. Prevent, mediate, transform and remediate conflicts, seeking common benefits and agreements.
6. Overcome intra-family violence, cut repetitive inter-generational patterns, avoid the triggers of violence, and seek non-violent alternatives.
7. Handle the external influences of the culture of violence through the mass media and violent, competitive games.
8. Open the family’s scope of concern to service to the broader society with volunteering, intercultural activities, appreciation for human diversity, and identification as world citizens.
1. Two-hour introductory speeches
2. 40-hour participatory workshops
3. Two-month online courses
4. Full college/graduate level courses