Values

“Respect is accepting someone even if you don’t like them.” seen on the wall of a primary school for children of 183 different nationalities | Geneva, Switzerland

Vietnamese Shopkeeper | © chrisjohnbeckett CC-BY-NC-NDValues represent the foundations of religion and culture. Values can be reliably mapped and measured. If it is really true that values such as respect for oneself, other people and our universe can be learned, then action is the true test of both values and knowledge.

Key elements for successful learning include humour, interaction with others, plain old enjoyment and strong roots in transcendent wisdom. Without these components, a fundamental value such as peace is doomed to remain dry, abstract theory. A child must be loved to love. A person must know peace to work effectively for it. Where there is no human experience of the basic value exposed, the heart remains untouched and the value is rarely transformed into action.

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it […] Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-)

The AnamCara Project is a dynamic multimedia platform with games and images that double as effective learning tools. The platform was created for people who are curious to learn about the traditions practiced by their neighbours and open to taking yet another look at their own religion. It is our hope that the curiosity that brought them to the platform will open eyes, ears, minds and hearts; positive change in attitudes and actions benefit us all.


THE MAASTRICHT GLOBAL EDUCATION DECLARATION 2002

“Global Education is education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the world, and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and human rights for all.
Global Education is understood to encompass Development Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainability, Education for Peace and Conflict Prevention and Inter-cultural Education; being the global dimensions of Education for Citizenship.”