Religions and Peace Building in A Multicultural Classroom

            Highlighted in recent news was an event of singular importance,(UCAN April 7) Around 250 representatives of 12 religions round the world,’summoned the world to peace.’

Quite curiously this took place in Assisi where twenty five miles north of it in the 13th century there stalked a hungry wolf in the Umbrian town of Gubbio trying to eat up the people. The people were forced to remain inside the city walls till a Friar visited the town. The people begged of him to remain with them, but the friar managed to steal out of the town and into the woods where he was confronted with the man-eating wolf. The friar raised his hands in a prayerful gesture and bid the quadruped to submit, which it did, laying his paw in the friar’s palm. The two then managed to come to an agreement. The friar promised to feed brother wolf for the rest of his life by commanding the people to feed him with food daily till he died. There still remains a monument to the quadruped in the town of Gubbio, recalling the incident. After his death the wolf was buried in a chapel dedicated to St. Francis.

    This strikes home a valuable point to reflect upon. The fact that among warring states, factions, groups, rebels and individuals, religious leaders  could come together   pray and work out new vistas for peace, where in the past, people barricaded themselves behind borders of differing belief systems, now they are striving together towards achieving world peace, is a welcome gesture, an indication that religions are assuming a center stage in the strategies for achieving world peace. Why can we not begin the process at the bottom line of the multicultural classroom? The classroom where children of different cultures and religions work and study together? Instead of building walls of prejudices, conflict and antagonism, calling others ‘wolves,’ on the path of attack, it is well for children to talk with each other and express themselves of what is ‘dear’ ‘sacred,’ or ‘hallowed,’ in these cultures. Exposing children to elements held with respect and reverence  such as religious symbols of different faiths is a spring board to action to establish cordial relations among children, a stepping stone to peace building in the new generation.

  ” Different religions, how do we get to know each other in a multicultural classroom?” I have discussed this proposition in seven chapters, in my next book written in a narrative style with dialogue and illustrations, “What Is Hallowed about It” –  A Child’s Approach to Popular Symbols in World Cultures.” (Nonfiction)  Manuscript Complete.

Explore posts in the same categories: News and Events, Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: