In a world filled with conflict and violence, early childhood teaching can help create peace. A discussion of the meaning of peace education, how it is relevant to early childhood education, and how peace education is supported in Aotearoa/New Zealand through Te Whāriki (Ministry of Education, 1996) is presented. Differentiating between creating peace around the children and fostering peace from within the children, this article explores the possibility of using mindfulness practice to help children gain inner peace.
Kia tau te rangimarie
Kia whaka tapua tātou katoa
Me ngā mea e whakapono ana tātou
Let there be peace amongst us
Let us have respect for each other
and what we believe
(New Zealand Kindergartens Inc. 2013)