Direct Integration of Peace Education and Its Effects on Students' Understanding of Peace

  • Suadi Zainal, Saifuddin Yunus, Fadli A. Jalil


Peace education is essential in societies implicated in conflict, during the combat and after. It could be learned in school as a subject or integrating it into the other subjects, directly or indirectly. However, the schools in Aceh have carried out peace education by indirect integration into religious education and citizenship education, as same as in other provinces in Indonesia. This article aims to examine an experiment of direct integration of peace education into Islamic religious education and citizenship education. The result reveals that direct integration of peace education into the two subjects is more effective in improving students' understanding of peace. Before addressing this issue, the article firstly elaborates on the peace education concepts in educational institutions and then observed through post-conflict peace education in the Aceh context.