Dr. Francesca Fragkoudi, an astrophysicist & science communicator, who founded and co-led the OAD project “Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace” was recently featured in the People of Peace Education.
People of Peace Education is a project developed and maintained by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research and the International Institute on Peace Education in partnership with the Global Campaign for Peace Education. It seeks to elevate the work of peace education to the general public by providing glimpses of the lives and work of peace educators from all around the world. Profiles explore the motivations, challenges, successes, and insights of peace educators working in different contexts.
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‘The global and humbling perspective that astronomy imparts us with, the fact that we are all “under the same sky”, as well as the interest of the general public and students in the cosmos, make astronomy an effective tool in pursuing peace. The experiences and relationships established through our work keeps me going: seeing children respond and be amazed by the wonders of the Universe, as well as the blossoming of friendships between children from the two communities makes it all worthwhile’.
-Dr. Francesca Fragkoudi, Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace project