Conscience Education For Peace

Conscience: Taxes For Peace Not War works for a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.  We campaign for legislative change so that those with a conscientious objection to war can opt to have the entire military part of their taxes spent on peaceful purposes.

Conscience Education For Peace programme

We are developing a new education programme, Conscience Education For Peace, to complement and inform our campaigning work.  This programme is aimed at adults, members of the public and potential supporters.  It will present basic information around conscientious objection to military taxation, and related issues, in a clear, simple way.

We are very grateful to have received a grant from Quaker Peace & Social Witness for our education programme.

We are planning to produce factsheets on the following topics:

  • Conscientious objection
    • What it is
    • When and how it started
  • Conscientious objection during the First World War
  • Conscientious objection during the Second World War
  • Conscientious objection worldwide
  • Military expenditure
    • In the UK – How much is the military budget? How is it defined?  What is not included?
    • Worldwide – How does the UK rank?
  • Alternative approaches to conflicts
    • Peacebuilding
    • Reconciliation
    • Many other approaches
  • Conscientious objection to military taxation (COMT)

Meet our Conscience Education For Peace team

We are delighted that earlier this year Santiago Forero and Sarah Croft joined us as Volunteer Education Assistants.  Together with Karen Robinson, our Campaign Worker, they make up our Conscience Education For Peace team.  A warm welcome to Santiago and Sarah!

‘We mustn’t continue strengthening war, either with our young people or economically’

Santiago Forero is a psychologist from Bogotá, Colombia. Over the last four years Santiago has been involved in the anti-militarist and non-violence movement in Colombia, as well as contributing to international networks such as Red Antimilitarista de América Latina y el Caribe (RAMALC) and War Resisters’ International (WRI).  He has served on the Editorial Committee at War Resisters League (WRL). 

In his work for Conscience Education for Peace Santiago is researching and compiling a series of information tables on the situation facing present-day conscientious objectors to military service in different parts of the world.  These are the first to be published, with more to follow:

Conscience Table. Situation facing present-day Conscientious Objectors in Africa.

Conscience Table. Situation facing present-day Conscientious Objectors in America.

Conscience Table. Situation facing present-day Conscientious Objectors in Asia.

‘Small steps are better than no steps and together we will end violence’

Sarah Croft is a student based in Kent in the UK.  Sarah wrote: ‘While studying my Masters I have been exposed to the devastating impacts war and conflict has on everyday life. Living in the UK I have been very fortunate to not see violence growing up. As people of privilege, we should share the voice of the voiceless. I believe everyone has the right to live a life in which they do not live in fear’.

In her work for Conscience Education For Peace Sarah has researched and written our first factsheet: Conscience Factsheet. Conscientious Objection during the First World War.  She is currently researching and writing a second factsheet, ‘Conscientious Objection during the Second World War’.

First Conscience Fact Sheet

Our first Conscience Fact Sheet is now available:

Conscience Fact Sheet. Conscientious Objection during the First World War.

Conscience Education Crowdfunder

If you would be interested in helping support the education programme financially your donations would be very welcome.  Fay Salichou, our staff member responsible for Fundraising and Membership, has produced a video to raise further funds for the programme.  You can watch the video here:

Help us build peace through education

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