Peace a Reality or a Distant Dream’: A Qualitative Analysis of Adolescents’ Perception about Peace

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Imperial Journal Of Interdisciplinary Research (ijir)
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Volume -10
pp 334-349
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Since civilization peace has been the most discussed topic all over the world. Despite the continuous efforts of UNESCO to achieve and sustain peace for harmonious development, it still remains a distant dream. Current paper is an attempt to identify the adolescents’ perception for which 70 adolescent students’ of the age group 15 to 16 were examined. Their perception about peace was analysed on the basis of five diverse themes, the context in which they were referred, the phrases and sentences in which they occurred, and the dominant word. The findings of the study reflect that students perceive peace as silence, anti- conflict; not to retaliate, to submit oneself to aggressive demands of the oppressor and also to opt for violent means; if denied their rights. The final page proposes programs and strategies for imbibing peace value among the students. For imbibing the peace value students should be taught from childhood to cooperate, help and collaborate with each other. This would help themin understanding others; their views, culture, religion and beliefs this would further result in widening the horizon of their consciousness, to grow from being the members of the clan or caste to becoming responsible citizens of the country and world at large. Education should emphasize more on furnishing individuals with values, skills and attitudes which would help to restore the lost balance between the emotional and intellectual development. This balance can be brought by promoting peace in education. Identifying the importance of peace in the curriculum National Curriculum Framers 2005 introduced education for peace in school curriculum from national and global perspective. (NCF 2005, Position Paper 3.4, education for Peace)

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