The „World Peace Academy – Swiss Centre for Peace Studies“ is an educational institution aiming with its programs and projects to promote a global Culture of Peace. Its mission is in the development of innovative programs in peace education and the education of experts and multipliers for a culture of peace.
The Master of Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation is concerned with the various forms and conditions of peace as well as the obstacles to them. Peace means the absence of war, and much more. Galtung introduced the distinction between direct, structural and cultural violence:
- – direct violence means hurting and killing;
- – structural violence is the slow death from hunger and preventable or curable diseases caused by extreme inequality and political oppression;
- – cultural violence consists of the justification of direct and structural violence in education, the media, literature and art, in the form of nationalism, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination and prejudice.
World Peace Academy
Swiss Centre For Peace Studies
CH-4053 Basel, Switzerland
Telephone +41 (0)61 315 85 95