Africa: Peace education to be part of curriculum

Published on Capital News, by ANTHONY KAGIRI, Sept. 16, 2009.

MOMBASA, Kenya, Sept 16 – African education ministers from nations that have been hit by conflicts have resolved to incorporate peace education as a key component of the curriculum.

Backed by education specialists the ministers on Wednesday said they had agreed to add to the curriculum a “dimension specifically aimed at eradicating violence and promoting love among people.”

The ministers from seven countries decided to deliberately push the cohesion agenda so as to instill in the learners the culture of unity as a plan to rescue the divided societies of their countries. 

“Education as a foundation for development and as an instrument for fostering a culture of peace, should go beyond the acquisition of knowledge and skills to seek transformation of hearts and minds and enable human beings live in harmony,” a joint communiqué from the seven nations said.

The ministers and specialists have been meting in Mombasa for a three-day conference on peace education. Countries represented include Kenya, Angola, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The conference was called to enable countries share experiences and learn from each other.

“Education should bring learners to consider the racial, religious and cultural diversities of their societies,” the joint statement said … (full text).

Links:

Peace education workshop Oct. 16-17, 2009 at Whitfield United Methodist Church in Sioux City, USA.

Can you teach peace? 16 September, 2009;

PEACE in Mindanaw Academy PMA;

Family should focus on ethics to fight social malaise, Oct. 7, 2009;

Dalai Lama arrives in Vancouver for peace summit, Sep. 26 2009.

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