“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
- Author Archibald MacLeish, first American member of UNESCO's governing board, 1945
Pearson College UWC believes that the world can achieve peace and a sustainable future by educating youth—from different parts of the world, with different values, orientations and attitudes—to peacefully resolve conflict together, and to fearlessly practice greater tolerance and mutual aid at home and in the world.
We turn education, both inside and outside the classroom, into a force for reducing group conflict. And we provide plenty of opportunities for students to develop conflict resolution skills, as they:
- Learn to live in a home of 40, in a room of four, with roommates speaking different mother tongues
- Organize events as a member of a team
- Discuss issues and course content in classes
- Participate in developing and producing One World, a year performance involving the entire school
- Work with others during activities
- Participate in Village Meetings
In addition to learning by practice, the College is piloting Conflict Resolution Workshops in 2011, with the goal of having students learn:
- That conflict is inevitable and can even be healthy
- That the existence of conflict is not the issue, but how it is resolved
- How to listen to others’ point of view with compassion and without interruption
- How to express issues openly and honestly—without blame or criticism
- How to resolve conflict through group participation
- How to resolve conflict using creative solutions.
We expect students to challenge themselves and to carefully consider the views and desires of others during their time at Pearson.