Practicing nonviolence in education

Published 29 September 2015

This Friday marks the anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday and his legacy is as strong as ever.

Emeritus Professor Magnus Haavelsrud

Emeritus Professor Magnus Haavelsrud

The month of October is dedicated to non-violence and the University of New England, together with the International Centre of Nonviolence (ICON) Australia, will host a student workshop and lecture to promote it.

On 6 October, internationally-renowned academic, author and peace educator, Emeritus Professor Magnus Haavelsrud, will deliver a lecture, under the title “Practising nonviolence in education”, on how nonviolence ethics can be learned and used from an early age.

Magnus Haavelsrud is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, as well as a Distinguished Fellow of the South African Research Chair in Development Education, University of South Africa.

Drawing on theories from Education, Sociology and Peace Studies, he emphasises the need to transform formal pedagogies to reflect practices within the studies of nonviolence and conflict transformation.

The lecture will be held in Arts Lecture Theatre 1 on Tuesday 6 October from 6:30 pm.

National non-violence month is an Australia-wide event with ICON Australia working in collaboration with a number of universities. More information can be found at