Peace is an essential element for sustainable development. There is an urgent need for action, as children need to have a new and more positive view of peace and peaceful ways of living. Education is seen as the route towards reinforcing the messages about peace, the benefits of living peacefully and of the peace building process. Teachers are not currently trained in how to teach about the power of peace. This is true in terms of the education that they share with their children as well as the behaviours the teachers themselves demonstrate.
A culture of protecting and promoting human rights cannot develop in a country unless the awareness levels of the people are improved. To ensure that this awareness is increased it is the responsibility of the state to provide a quality education (including messages about peace) to the children as they are the nation builders of tomorrow. An effective method of student-oriented teaching and learning will not be possible until the knowledge of children's rights, women rights and human rights are learnt by all the students. It has therefore become essential to impart practical training on human rights and peace education to the teachers
IHRICON has been delivering a programme that will develop all teachers as role models for the children in their care. Children are taught how to encourage self-discipline, self-help, self-awareness, peace, reconciliation, and a better understanding of gender and equality issues. It increases awareness of the culture of peace and assists in delivering a demonstrable peace building behaviours to be shown by all teachers.
In support of the desire that awareness needs to be increased, IHRICON has published a Peace Education Training Manual in Nepali as well as in English.