It was good to see that the Vision of Humanity 2010 rankings are out!
This year 149 nations of the world have been ranked by their peacefulness and the results have stimulated some very interesting analysis. Discover the thermal maps, and download the Results Report and the Discussion Paper
There are the 23 indicators that make up the Global Peace Index. Countries are scored on these indicators on a range from 1 to 5 where 1 = most peaceful. As well as the related indicators against which the Global Peace Index has been tested, in an attempt to identify the 'drivers' of peace. They include levels of democracy, transparency and education.
Today the problems we are facing are global in nature. They include climate change, ever decreasing biodiversity, full use of the fresh water on the planet and underpinning all these – overpopulation. Without peace we will be unable to achieve the levels of cooperation, inclusiveness and social equity required to begin solving these challenges, let alone empower the international institutions needed to regulate them. http://www.visionofhumanity.org
Martin Luther King Jr. emphasised that a critical intellect requires moral development. “Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.” Martin Luther King Jr. The Purpose of Education Morehouse College, 1948
Which is why indicators on Education, such as shown here, are so important for us to understand, compare and share.
Educating for critical thinking and democracy would include questioning policy that deprives or denies any individual or group of any of their fundamental human rights. A positive learning environment is in a safe and peaceful environment where individuals feel accepted and respected and where learning is the main focus.
Give Peace A Chance!