Henri Dunant challenged this belief by creating the Red Cross in 1863. Winner of the first Nobel Prize (1901) and one of the founders of the modern peace movement, most of the peace organizations today owe their origins to him. As children become more self-aware, they begin to develop sensitivity and awareness for people of other cultures and the global environment.
Montessori Peace Education: Peacemakers of the World
Montessori advocated that children are “the hope of peace for the world" and that we must learn to educate them in such a way that they will be able to develop their potential as human beings and reveal to us the "spiritual embryo of humankind.” (Holistic Peace Education, January 17, 2008.)
By studying the peacemakers of the world as part of their Montessori curriculum, they begin to develop a global sense of peace and harmony. They learn to accept and appreciate cultural differences that are crucial to the development of world peace.
In a continuing Peacemaker Series, I will explore the men and women who have made major contributions on behalf of world peace. At the end of each blog, there will be an activity to use in your Montessori classroom that will help encourage students of all ages to think about the contributions of the peacemakers and how to incorporate their teachings into their lives.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, January 17, 2008.