Program of education for peace
The Gimnasio Moderno, more than a master class, has a comprehensive program of Education for Peace, which is deployed throughout its curriculum and is not limited to one class. We believe that peace is something that can be cultivated over time, that it is a matter of internal transformation first, and then of cognitive development, and that it concerns the whole community, starting with teachers, parents and students. We believe in the power of example, of the environment and of contact with the internal world and reflection, together with the study from the intellectual side of relevant aspects of peace in Colombia and the world, its history, and other aspects.
This program is derived from the Discipline of Trust (the formative pillar of the school that seeks to educate for democracy, tolerance and dissent) and from the principle “Educate, before instructing” (human education and educating in human values, as well as working on the Formative Cycle of Error, are priorities in the school). For its part, the School Living Guidelines Handbook reflects these principles and this program.
The Education for Peace Program in the School is built on four pillars that aim at a comprehensive training: (1) The development of the being and the contact with the internal world (self-reflection, regulation of the emotions, self-knowledge, cultivation of internal states of peace and harmony), (2) the study of the History of Colombia, Geography, the conflict and the Peace Agreements, among others (the development of the cognitive and the intellectual, the taking of perspective, the knowledge of our reality), (3) the dissemination of democratic values (from the practice in the School with the participation, critical thinking, debates and the instances of the School Government, in addition, the study of the Constitution of the country, among others), and (4) the cultivation of humanities, arts and music (possibilities of development of empathy, sensitivity, expression of emotions and appreciation of beauty).
The objectives of the Education for Peace Program, with its Peace Master Class, according to the legislation, are the following:
Contribute to learning, reflection and dialog about:
- Culture of peace (human rights, democratic participation, prevention of violence and peaceful resolution of conflicts)
- Education for peace (appropriation of knowledge and citizenship skills for peaceful coexistence, democratic participation, respect for plurality and human rights)
- Sustainable development.
- Reduce the cycle of reaction and revenge (learning not to react but to respond assertively and constructively).
The program is displayed in the following areas and classes:
- Social Sciences: Social, History, Political Constitution and Democracy
- Natural Sciences: Biology.
- Education in Ethics and Human Values: Faith Education Group Directions and Morning Meetings.
The topics included in the peace program are deployed as follows:
- Justice and Human Rights (in the classes of Constitution and Democracy, Introduction to Law, Politics and History)
- Sustainable use of natural resources (from Biology classes, the work of the Environmental Coordination, group of environmental watchmen, school recycling program, recycling line in the Social Service, Sustainability Meeting, Green Day organized by the Parents Association, School Environmental Project -PRAE-, Scout Group and Field Trip Program).
- Protection of the cultural and natural wealth of the Nation (with the Program of Excursions around the country, History and Geography classes, Biology classes)
- Peaceful conflict resolution (with the Lets Treat Each Other Well Program, the work of the School Coexistence Committee, the work of the Debate Group, the Model UN, School Governance and student representatives).
- Prevention of school bullying (with the Lets Treat Each Other Well Program, the Coexistence Committee, the RAI Comprehensive Care Route and the Parents’ School)
- Diversity and plurality (with the Social Studies Area and the Field Trip Program).
- Political participation (with the School Government, the Debate Group, political forums and group representatives, as well as the Rectory Student Advisory Committee)
- Historical memory (with the Social Studies and History classes).
- Social impact projects (with the Social Service, the Field Trips and the Monsignor Emilio de Brigard Foundation)
- History of national and international peace agreements (with the Social Studies Area and History classes)
The evaluation of the Education for Peace Program will be done in a qualitative way through personal testimonies, concrete examples and case studies.
The competencies for Peace that the Gimnasio Moderno wishes to develop in its students, in addition to the contents indicated by Decree 1038 of 2015 and covered by the classes and programs mentioned above, are the following:
- I reflect on my emotions and the consequences of my actions.
- I strive to solve conflicts through dialogue, recognition and respect.
- I understand the rules of the game and the importance of spaces for democratic participation.
- I relate to others through compassion, gratitude and care.
- I recognize the importance of error and forgiveness in my formative process and that of others.
- I recognize the importance of historical memory for the construction of another future.
- I understand the importance of protecting and respecting the environment as a necessary condition for peace.
The Principles that guide the Education for Peace Program are the following:
- The importance of effort and correct action, above and beyond the results.
- Educate rather than instruct (the importance of contact with the internal world and reflection).
- The discipline of Trust (the importance of educating for dissent and Democracy).
- Fellowhship and social sensitivity (the importance of respect for the other and care for the other).
The Education for Peace Program is complemented in an integral way by the Lets treat each other well Program which has been leading the Psychology area for two years. This program, which works from Preschool to the Eleventh Grade, works along the following lines:
- Sowing respect in Preschool.
- Mindfulness with Elementary and Middle School
- Soccer for Peace with Primary and High School.
- Values and integration with the whole school.
- Soccer and peace talks.
- Emotional literacy for parents.
- Emotional literacy for teachers.
The Gimnasio Moderno has built this program, after the guidelines of the Government, through some working tables that were discussed during the year 2015, with the participation of teachers, parents, students, managers and two external experts in peace and ethics education: Sergio de Zubiría (advisor of the peace process) and Alejandro Sanz de Santamaría (professor of ethics at the University of Los Andes).
On the other hand, in the preparation of the peace program, the school organized conferences with the following personalities, who spoke to us about education, peace and democracy, during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016: Carlos Gaviria, Sergio de Zubiría, Alfredo Molano, Patricia Lara, Jesús Martín Barbero, Yogi Sarveshwaranada, the venerable Ana Robina Courtin, Sifu Rama, Dr. Pal Dhall, Michal Berg, masters of the Zen Buddhist current, the Venerable Densho Quintero and disciples of the monk Tich Nhat Hanh, candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, among others.
In 2016, to formally launch the Program, the Gimnasio Moderno invited 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner Jodi Williams, who came to give a lecture in May. It has also carried out a number of activities, framed within the pillars of development being, historical memory, democratic values and arts and humanities, which together contribute to a peace education for the whole community.
As mandated by Decree 1038, the Masterclass of Peace (which is part of the Comprehensive Peace Program) is incorporated into the curriculum and is assigned to the area of Social Sciences.
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