EDUCATION THROUGH ART AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHAPE A CULTURE OF PEACE IN THE AGE OF CULTURE
Authors: Mariusz Samoraj
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In Our Time Education for Peace is a humanistic alert of values.
Tragic events in the world, in which hundreds of people are killed, are examples of the breakdown of physical and spiritual security in recent times. We need a new pedagogy that takes into account the tragic dimension of modern civilisation. "Pedagogy of anxiety", carried out by
sensitive humanists, taking care of the future of our Common Home – Earth of the Homeland. Pope John Paul II state that, today's people are facing a crisis of meaning in life. The greed of the rich and social injustice, despair fleeing war and religious persecution, Planet Earth Our
Common Home is ecologically degraded and as a mother "cries out for help"; is the image of our time. We're gonna leave our kids a dumpster of civilization. In condemning the sins of humanity against nature, Pope Francis calls for a global "ecological conversion" (Franciszek Holy Father 2015, p. 12, 13). The great educational reports inspired by
UNESCO provide important indications to educators, especially in terms of understanding between states and cultures in order to shape a culture of peace. Special attention should be paid to activities in the world perspective, such as the Decade of Cultural Development in 1988-1997 and the report of the Commission for Culture and Development Xavier Perez de Cuellar "Our Creative Diversity". Very important are the three
links, which points out I. Wojnar: "... our, i. e., emphasizing the community, the third identity of people; creative, i. e., co-shaped by people living in the world, by the human factor, which is at the basis of all development trends the driving force and basis; finally, diversity, which refers to the issue of identity" (Wojnar, 2000, p. 107).
In my text I’d like to present the most valuable educational solutions, an exemplification of cultural, artistic and animation activities aimed at "promoting the culture of peace in Poland". It was different cultures festival-forms of education through organizing cultures dialogue of
cultures in Krakуw, Włodawa and Łуdź. Those Festivals are specific cultural and social experience- unusual Pedagogy of Place. I’d like also suggest an example of school educational activities serving the dialogue of regional and intercultural education cultures, and thus education for the culture of peace is my original program, "Pedagogy of travel and
The above educational guidelines are a form of "cultural
sensitisation." "Starting from strengthening one's own identity, shaping family, family and local-parish identity in the environment and communication with other closest ones, paying particular attention to the protection of the first, rooting cultural heritage, at the same time it points
to national traditions above national, continental and planetary, developing sensitivity to human achievements. By silencing prejudices and stereotypes, conflicts and aggression it stimulates creativity and creative design of the culture of peace" (Nikitorowicz, 2005, p. 118).