Reflect: In this discussion consider children as peacemakers. While children are routinely ignored or silenced during peacemaking process, the effect war and violent conflicts have on children has been documented, yet the agency of children during peacemaking process is not well known. In fact, children are ignored. In many respects, this makes sense given their age; however, for this week, please consider the relationship between peacemaking and children and why their needs are disregarded.
Write: In Ilene Cohen’s article “U.N. Efforts to Promote Child-Conscious Peacemaking and Peacekeeping,” she writes (2005), “Children suffer disproportionately in war and benefit disproportionately less in peace” (p. 99). What does she mean? Why do peacemakers routinely ignore children during the process? How did the U.N. reshape peacemaking efforts to address the needs of children? What are the obstacles and challenges when incorporating protections for children? What are the appropriate or traditional steps to ensure children are protected during peacemaking efforts? How can peacemakers address children’s rights? How can they mitigate the effects of war?
Lastly, as you will read in Pauline Kollontai’s “Healing the Heart in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” how does she examine how art provides an outlet to address and heal the damage to children caused by war?
Please make sure you cite and reference your sources using APA style.
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Cohen, I. (2005). U.N. Efforts to promote child-conscious peacemaking and peacekeeping: A step towards improving the lives of war-affected children.Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 20(1), 99-110. Retrieved from http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/
The full-text version of this article is available through the EBSCOhost database in the University of Arizona Global Campus Library. This article examines the trend on increasing international attention paid to war’s impact on children and the practical realization among warring parties and mediators that addressing issues relevant to children can build confidence among parties and foster further dialogue while ideally also bringing immediate and long-term benefits to children. This will assist you in your discussion board assignment.
Kollontai, P. (2010). Healing the heart in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Art, children and peacemaking. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 15(3), 261–271. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1364436X.2010.523073
The full-text version of this article is available through the EBSCOhost database in the University of Arizona Global Campus Library. This paper explores using art with children and young people who have experienced war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It examines how children find ways to respond to the effects and aftermath of war in terms of their sense of resilience and morality and how they can become peacemakers by using their creativity, giving it expression through art. This will assist you in your discussion board assignment.
Walker, K., Myers-Bowman, K. S., & Myers-Walls, J. A. (2008). Supporting young children’s efforts toward peacemaking: Recommendations for early childhood educators. Early Childhood Education Journal, 35(4), 377-382. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10643-007-0190-7
The full-text version of this article is available through the EBSCOhost database in the University of Arizona Global Campus Library. This article provides an overview of young children’s conceptions of peace, war, and peacemaking strategies. In addition, a theoretical framework for assessing young children’s conceptions of peacemaking is presented and recommendations for encouraging young children in their peacemaking efforts are suggested. This will assist you in your discussion board assignment.
Hunter, J. (2011, March). John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game (Links to an external site.) [Video file] Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/john_hunter_on_the_world_peace_game