Dr. Betty A. Reardon has been selected from among 112 nominees for the 2013 Prize in recognition of her significant and lifelong contributions to peace education in the US and abroad. The global peace education movement has been profoundly influenced in substance and methodology by her influential publications, her ability to create and sustain successful institutions and networks, and her personal leadership.
The founder of the Peace Education Center at Columbia University, Dr. Reardon has influenced thousands of teachers and students in the methods of and approaches to peace education. She has taught at universities around the world, and has broad experience both in formal school settings and in non-formal community-based education programs. During her long career, Dr. Reardon has advanced peace and global citizenship education through an integrated focus on human security, sustainable development, human rights, ecology and gender. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Reardon is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in peace education theory and pedagogy. Her most significant professional achievement—establishing the International Institute on Peace Education— received special honorary mention from the UNESCO Peace Education Prize. Dr. Reardon is the winner of the 2010 Sena McBride Peace Prized awarded by the International Peace Bureau in Geneva, among other accolades.
The Common Ground News Service (CGNews) sat down with this year’s El-Hibri Peace Education Prize recipient Dr Betty Reardon and her friend Cora Weiss, President of the Hague Appeal for Peace, to ask what the average person can do, and seek their advice for the next generation of peacebuilders.
Established in 2007 the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize recognizes outstanding individuals or organizations in peace education demonstrating successful and innovative approaches to promoting peace and social justice globally. The Prize is awarded annually at the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Ceremony in Washington, DC. Its purpose is to recognize individuals or organizations for their contributions to the field of Peace Education, and to increase awareness for the positive impact peace education work has on people.