By: David J. Smith, September 20, 2017
We are all lifelong learners. This is just no way to get out of it today. Much of learning is about technology: how to work the newest gadget or gizmo. How about learning about peacebuilding and conflict resolution? There is no better time to focus on learning about peace than during the week of the International Day of Peace. Going back to school in a formal way is one option, but less involved is just taking a course or two, many of which are free (and low stress: no homework!).
If you are thinking about going back to school to learn about peace, I have links to directories of colleges and universities that offer programs in peace and related areas. I also have a specific page devoted to community colleges: often the institutions that are the easiest for us to attend.
USIP has a free online course on introduction to peacebuilding which I think is a good opportunity. I would highly recommend it.
But you don’t need to learn only about peacebuilding. How about learning a foreign language, so critical to bringing people to together? This link directs you to free online language courses. Interested in learning a bit of Arabic? There is a course for that.
As I mentioned, your local community college is often a great place to start learning about topics and building skills that can advance peacebuilding. And much learning takes place online which makes it convenient.