Dr. Betty Reardon, a peace educator, was interviewed by the Seikyo Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper, as part of its monthly Culture of Peace informational series throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (UN General Assembly Resolution A/53/243) this year.
Dr. Reardon gives insights into what is needed to build a culture of peace, how to personalize it in our lives, shares what peace education is and the three qualities indispensable for building a culture of peace. Among the qualities mentioned, she says: “I would like to stress in particular the importance of courage, because the root of violence is fear. We need courage to overcome our fear and gain a deeper understanding of others…. One focus of peace education has been to foster individuals with the courage to embrace the difference among us and make the best use of the strong points of others, to use our differences to increase our capacities to achieve a culture of peace.”
The full text of the interview can be downloaded as a PDF file. The interview was published in Japanese in the Seikyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper of the Soka Gakkai in Japan, on 12 December 2019.