Power, participation and peace
Global Goal 16: peace, justice and strong institutions, has wide reaching targets to end violence in the world be it war, crime, terrorism or corruption. At its heart is the recognition that we need effective, accountable and inclusive institutions in order to achieve this goal. Yet this rhetoric can seem at odds with the reality of life under siege in Aleppo or the squalor of the Calais ‘jungle’.
How can we acknowledge and critically examine these issues in the classroom? Our feature Peace and justice: the world in your classroom begins the discussion.
While Goal 16 calls for inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels, it stops short of stating that the views of young people should be heard within this process. Here in Scotland, with a growing Rights based agenda, we like to think we provide a voice for young people to be heard. But to what extent is this happening? Our article on Pupil Power addresses this question.