Our heroes include a large selection of women and men from every continent across the globe whose lives testify to the transformative power of peace. Through their stories, students learn about hardships, injustices, and conflicts all over the world and how these brave people stood up to bring healing and wholeness to these situations. From Rosa Parks to Mum Shirl, Ali Abu Awwad to Wangari Maathai, Corrie ten Boom to Izzeldin Abuelaish, Dalia Landau to Mother Teresa – our heroes span a wide range of nationalities, religions, cultures, and ethnicities.
Malala, our youngest peace hero, survived an attack by a Taliban gunman and went on to receive the Nobel Peace prize for her work championing education for girls.
Read Malala’s Moving Story!
And view a small selection of the transformative classroom activities inspired by her life and work.
Engaging with our Stories
Each Peace Heroes story includes information (in the form of cultural immersion) about the country the peace hero is from, a brief overview of the specific conflict or challenge in that area, and the story of the peace hero’s life and how he or she has worked/is working to make a difference in that situation. Through a wide selection of classroom activities, students develop the ability to take these narratives and connect them to their own life-circumstances in a way that inspires them to step out and change the world for good.
“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.” Malala Yousafzai
The curriculum is designed to turn classrooms into places of welcome while creating a culture of respect for human dignity in schools around the world. Through its implementation students learn to celebrate diversity while still maintaining a spirit of unity.
Students learn about injustices and conflicts all over the world and the people who have stood up to bring peace and wholeness to these situations. But they are also encouraged to learn about the challenges facing their own communities and celebrate their own local heroes. This enables students to become agents of profound and positive change in their own context as well as the world at large.
Ultimately Peace Heroes helps students internalize that they themselves can be peace heroes – that peace begins here, with me.