Méthodologie - 11 octobre 2010

fr - India, The Role of Teachers in Ending the Cycle of Violence

The world is confronted with environmental problems like pollution, deforestation, accumulation of industrial waste, contagious disease etc. Violence, terrorism, war, greed for power and wealth etc. are some of the socio-economic and political problems, which have negative effects on the human lives. The entire human race is affected today by destructive forces in spite of the fact that everyone has the right to live peacefully, fearlessly and happily as brothers and sisters on this earth under the Fatherhood of the Almighty God. Hence, the urgent need to act against the evil forces.

 The world is confronted with environmental problems like pollution, deforestation, accumulation of industrial waste, contagious disease etc. Violence, terrorism, war, greed for power and wealth etc. are some of the socio-economic and political problems, which have negative effects on the human lives. The entire human race is affected today by destructive forces in spite of the fact that everyone has the right to live peacefully, fearlessly and happily as brothers and sisters on this earth under the Fatherhood of the Almighty God. Hence, the urgent need to act against the evil forces.

 Education is the best panacea to save the environmental problems and to liberate people from violence and oppressions of all kinds. Teachers have important and irreplaceable role to play in the re-establishment of ecological balance, peace, harmony, unity and solidarity among the people through formal and non-formal education. The followings are some practical suggestions given to Educators to realize this task :

  1. Conscienticise children, youth, parents and the public on the urgent necessity to change the ‘culture of death’ and to save our Mother Earth from destruction.
  2. Develop in them love for and appreciation of the Mother Earth. Make them aware that they are part of the natural world which is basically just, peaceful, harmonious and inter-dependent.
  3. Help them experience the beauty of the nature and make them realize how much the ‘biological diversity’ (The variety of life forms) are enriching the spiritual life.
  4. Encourage them to commit themselves courageously to achieve a just, peaceful and integrated society which truly reflects the dignity of every human person.
  5. Motivate them to strive for a society where equal opportunities are given to the weak and the poor people.
  6. Educate people to reduce wants and to live with what is necessary.
  7. Convince them to abandon all kinds of prejudices, injustices and all kinds of evils.
  8. Motivate them to protect the ecosystem and to maintain ecological balance, total harmony, equity, justice and sustainability.
  9. Make them aware of the causes and effects of environmental crises.
  10. Inculcate in them environmental consciousness and encourage them to use all natural resources.
  11. Make them understand that it is the responsibility of every individual to reduce the global crises.
  12. Help them undertake action-oriented programmes to prevent further ecological destruction because the future of the earth is in our hands.
  13. Encourage them to practice JPICS at home, in the schools and in their locality following the Motto : “Think Globally and Act Locally”.
  14. Collaborate with like-minded people and organizations to eradicate poverty and hunger from the locality in which they live.
     

Sr. Therese Koottiyaniyil, Ph.D
Assumption Sisters, Pala, Kottayam Dt Kerala, India