Role of Trainers
Education and Information Campaigns
Resources and List of Specialists Consulted
EDUCATION AND INFORMATION CAMPAIGNS
Education and information campaigns for culture of peace, to be successful, must not deal only in abstractions, but in concrete events which directly effect the lives of the people concerned. In the words of Uchida, "promoting peace culture sounds too diffused". And as MacGregor emphasizes, information campaigns are successful only to the extent that they address something already in the experience of the audience.
Cross-conflict participation is an ideal basis for such campaigns. These progammes involve the friends and neighbors of the audience (i.e. students, listeners, or readers) in concrete projects located nearby which are working for goals of direct benefit to them. By basing campaigns on these experiences it may be possible to extend the peace-culture consciousness of the teams and projects to the people of the entire country.
If education and information campaigns are not based on concrete events such as these, they run the risk of being counter-productive. The repetition of abstractions about peace without any substance in reality, can lead ultimately to a state of cynicism which may be worse than if nothing had been done at all.