Peace for quality education
Elementary education is the basis for every future academic edifice, writes Dr Indrani S Bhaduri.education Updated: Sep 21, 2006 12:07 IST
There are a number of definitions of peace but it basically deals with a situation that is devoid of conflict. This conflict may be with surroundings, i.e. the environment or it may reside inside our very mind.
It is said that wars begin in the minds of men and hence, the path to peace must also start there. Is it only wars that cause conflict? Isn’t it often the mundane day-to-day occurrences that are more disruptive and damaging to an individual’s calm?
Conflicts are ‘disagreements’ through which the ‘parties involved’ ‘perceive’ a sense of threat to their own ‘needs, interests or concern’. This disagreement evolves because of the rigid stand that we take on issues from various walks of life; and also our inability to see a different point of view.
This process of ‘rigid perception’ starts very early in life and concretizes by the time one reaches adulthood. So, it is imperative to intervene at that stage of life i.e. early and late childhood to train the minds in the fundamentals of peace.
Elementary education is not merely the educative process imparted between six and fourteen years of life or between standards I & VIII (lower and upper primary).