Welcome to the next instalment of EduWeek’s Global Goal Check in.
This week, we focus on Global Goal #16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
We live on a planet with over seven billion people, each unique in nature with their own ideas and thoughts attributing to whom they are. We are a mixing pot of cultures and races, hailing from various heritages and corners of the Earth. We create our own realities and how we perceive the world, we can share common views but dare I say that no two people are precisely in sync.
Each and every person on this planet cannot be in total agreement on a certain topic. This is impossible. The lives we lead the impact thereof and the choices we have made make us individuals. We finesse the way we see the world by the things we are either exposed to, or expose ourselves. We are unwavering in our beliefs because this is all we have come to know which shapes our world.
Having this confidence in the way we see the world, and applying this as the only way to live across the board has seen our kind take a dark twists and turns down the path of our history. The tragic stories from world wars, genocide, conflict zones, civil rights unrest and oppressed nations are a testament to the troubled past I am speaking about.
We need to ensure that we educate ourselves to be tolerant of other people and their place in the world that we are all sharing. Education is the key to promote peaceful and inclusive societies. To achieve our global goals, we all need to work together to achieve a sustainable society. We need to teach our children to care for one another, to listen and show empathy to their peers.
When I talk in a global context, I refer to we as a collective because we are all we have. We might feel as though we’re at opposite ends of the world and are completely unrelatable. Truth of the matter is that on a greater scale, the earth is but a speck of dust in the vast galaxy. The message needs to sink in that we only have each other.
I leave you with some thought provoking quotes around peace;
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” – Martin Luther King, Jr
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” –Jimi Hendrix
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end.” – Bayard Rustin
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy
“Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.” – Nelson Mandela