Francesco Pistolato

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Affiliated Organizations
  • Retired German Teacher
  • Translator
  • Organizer of Cultural Events
  • Peace Researcher

What are contexts and issues that you work on? How are you using peace education to address these issues? What keeps you going?

Racism against refugees has been a major problem in Italy even before the crisis of coronavirus: despite our common sense, as people we can be very nasty. My peace education work is based on philosophy and is disseminated through a newsletter/broadcast via whatsapp and public lectures. In the bad moments there is always someone who reminds me that my efforts are not useless.

What has been your most meaningful or noteworthy moment in your peace education career?

It’s hard to say what was the most striking moment in my peace education related work. I started with a lot of enthusiasm and continued in a peculiar way simply because I am deeply convinced about this cause. It is this conviction rather than my emotions that motivate me to continue.

How and why did you start working in peace education?

I was always for personal freedom. The Italian participation in the war in Afghanistan and then in Iraq convinced me that I had to engage within my personal contributions from the field of education.