International Peace Day, September 21st 2013
“The theme for this day is education and peace. The United Nations will examine the role education can in fostering global citizenship.
It is not enough to tech children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.
The kind of education is a central focus of my global education first initiative, which calls on governments to place education at the top of their agenda.
I call on everyone whether governments, parties to conflicts, religious institutions, community leaders, the media, academics, or civil society groups to play their part. We must support peace education programs, protect students and teachers from conflict, help rebuild schools destroyed by war, and ensure all girls and boys have access to a quality education that includes learning about resolving and preventing conflicts. Let us
resolve to learn together how to create a universal culture of peace.”
–Statement from United Nations secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon