WORLD LEARNING

EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY

Educating Young Hearts And Minds of Pakistan...

Peace Education

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Address: World Learning Grammar School Paria Street, Near Ali Dina Hospital, Kharadar, Karachi, Pakistan

+92-334-3252198

About Us

WLES provides support to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace. WLES has over 100 member schools in Pakistan students, teachers and community members’ work together to ensure that everyone feels safe, respected and valued.

WLES wants to create a culture of peace in their learning environment. Rather than focusing solely on curriculum or teaching resources, the guide follows WLES’s holistic approach to creating a culture of peace through school-wide activities and initiatives that involve teachers and staff, students, parents, and the community at large.

WLES celebrates peaceful schools in Pakistan…

WLES vision is to create a network of peaceful schools in Pakistan.

WLES s mission is to provide support and recognition to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.

WLES is founded on two guiding principles:

  • Membership in WLES is voluntary. As our history sadly demonstrates, mandating or imposing peace is not an effective means by which to achieve it. WLES provides support and recognition to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.
  • WLES is non-prescriptive. Instead of telling schools what to do, we provide them with inspiration, encouragement and support as they develop their own vision and implement a plan for becoming a peaceful school. WLES is founded on the belief that each school’s journey to creating a culture of peace is unique. Consequently, WLES is non-prescriptive in nature. Membership criteria are intended to be used as a guide rather than a strict evaluation measure. Each school must be given the freedom to set its own course based on its vision and timetable.

Our Goals

  1. Peace education is part of the core curriculum in all educational institutions that are members of WLES.

    • The curriculum for elementary, middle and high schools contains an explicit peace education component.
    • WLES and WLES member schools work to encourage the appropriate authorities to include peace education in the curriculum of elementary, middle and high schools.
  2. Within WLES member schools, there is a secure, welcoming and respectful culture where all forms of violence*are unacceptable, setting an example for the community at large.

    • Member schools report an improvement in school climate and/or a reduction in incidents of violence.
    • Member schools report providing conflict resolution strategies for students and staff.
  3. WLES provides practical and effective peace education resources that are used by staff and students in its member schools and by others.

    • Member schools report their use of and satisfaction with the resources provided by WLES.
    • WLES holds events and provides professional development opportunities (workshops, symposia, conferences, etc.) that are well-attended and receive positive evaluations.
    • WLES member schools report networking with other members to share ideas and increase knowledge and resources.
  4. There is a greater awareness of WLES and its positive impact within communities.

    • There is an increase in the number of WLES member schools in Pakistan.
    • WLES actively engages in peace- and education-related events and activities in the community (for example, fairs, special days like anti-bullying day, conferences, Dept. of Education PD days, etc.).
    • Organizations and individuals express support for the work of WLES.

* WLES defines violence as the intentional use of physical force or power that threatens or results in physical or psychological harm.

“We look forward to continuing our efforts toward peace in our world. WLES helps us stay on point and gives us many ideas in which to express peaceful solutions in our world.” Ms Mumtaz Shah Principal of World Learning Grammar School

Developing a vision of your peaceful school:

  • Assessing the current situation at the school
  • Developing a plan for reaching Peace culture vision
  • Measuring progress of schools regarding peace education curriculum
  • Infusing peace education into classroom instruction
  • Discipline and conflict resolution
  • Cross-cultural communication and diversity
  • Sample ideas and activities for schools
  • Developing and conducting parent workshops to support to create culture of peace at their home and community

What is peace education?

Peace education is the process of promoting the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values needed to bring about the behaviour changes that will enable children, youth and adults to prevent conflict and violence, both overt and structural; to resolve conflict peacefully; and to create conditions conducive to peace, whether at a personal, interpersonal, inter-group, national, or international level.

Why is peace education important?

Unfortunately, bullying, harassment, and violence are all too common in schools around the world. In Pakistan, research has shown that 2 in 4 children is victimized in school. We believe that all childrenhave the right to feel safe in school. WLES’s approach focuses on prevention by creating an environmentwhere bullying is unacceptable to everyone. Teaching children to live well together not only helps to create a peaceful school environment that makes it easier for children to learn, it also ensures that these children will have the tools and confidence they need to manage conflicts adults and help to build a more peaceful world.

From our members:

“We thank World Learning Educational Society for the remarkable vision and we look forward to your incredible support in the years to come. WLES helped us make a real difference in our school. THANK YOU!” Ibrahim Gatta Madarasa Islamia School, Principal, Karachi, Pakistan

Our Work

World Learning Educational Society works with schools around Pakistan to help them become more Peaceful place. We do this by working directly with member schools (over 100 members in different cities of Pakistan), and by coordinating events and international projects that promote peace education. Here are some of the projects we are currently working on:

  • The Art of Peace Summer Camp
  • Peace Education workshops to schools
  • Sports for Peace
  • Working actively with member schools in Karachi
  • Regular publication of new resources including books, newsletters, and activity ideas for schools.
  • Increasing the ability of parents to prevent and respond to bullying.
  • Working to see peace education incorporated into curriculum.
  • Schools’ Peace Week for continuously 3 years
  • Connecting Classroom
  • And so much more!