A quick perusal of the definition, characteristics, and content of conflict resolution education and peace education programs suggests that both areas overlap considerably. Programmes exist at local, national, and international levels, and in times of peace, conflict, and post-conflict. Children learn about peace and the need for peace in safe protected environments and then return to a wider society where there is still injustice, asymmetry of power, a hierarchical structure, discrimination, and xenophobia.
Included are suggested guidelines on how to make a peace lesson. The aim is to use the full range of children's educational experiences to promote commitment to principles of peace and social justice and to move towards a clearer articulation of good practice in Peace Education.
The measure of the success of these efforts will be seen in the ending of conflicts between countries and nations, in a more just distribution of goods, and in reducing the differences in economic development and life standards between the countries of the underdeveloped and developed worlds.
Almost every new study added new conditions that must be fulfilled in order for the contact to be successful. Somewhat parallel to this, the issues of environmental protection and development found their place in peace education programs.
Children learn to understand the dynamics of power and influence that operate in all conflict situations. Injustice and discrimination do not shape only the psychological world of an individual but also shape the collective world of the group that is discriminated against—shaping the group memory that is transmitted from generation to generation and that greatly influences the collective identity.
Resources Conflict Resolution Education and Peace Education Conflict resolution education programs focus on developing critical skills and abilities for a person to deal constructively with conflict.