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Education for Peace: planning for curriculum reform. Guidelines for integrating an Education for Peace curriculum into Education Sector plans and policies

The Package contains Technical Guidelines and Capacity Development training modules on policy, programme design and curriculum planning to integrate peace and conflict prevention into all aspects of the education system. It is meant for curriculum developers and planners from Africa.

Promoting a culture of peace and non-violence through education is one of UNESCO’s core missions. However, with 50 per cent of the world’s out-of-school children living in conflict-affected countries, this remains a formidable challenge. There is indeed a need for increased attention to ensure education systems help build peaceful and sustainable societies. Integrating education for peace and conflict prevention across the entire education system is vital not only to support the post-2015 education agenda, but also to promote the right to education and holistic development of millions of children who are being denied access to education because of violent conflicts. Over the past two decades, different programmes in peace education and life skills have been implemented in post-conflict afflicted countries, with the objective to promote peace as an essential part of the recovery process. However, little consideration has been given to the integration of such programmes into national education systems by introducing constructive attitudes, skills and behaviours for living together in order to prevent future conflict.

 

This Resource and Development Capacity Package was developed based on the belief that education can play a significant role in a country’s peace-building efforts. The purpose of this Resource Pack is to assist Member States in integrating or strengthening peace education programs in their national education systems to promote peace and prevent future conflict. UNESCO, IBE and IIEP developed this resource within the framework of UNESCO’s inter-sectoral “Project: Promoting a culture of peace and non-violence in Africa through education for peace and conflict prevention”.

 

The Package contains Technical Guidelines and Capacity Development training modules on policy, programme design and curriculum planning to integrate peace and conflict prevention into all aspects of the education system. It is meant for curriculum developers and planners from Africa. This resource will furthermore help to ensure that curricula, teaching and learning resources and teacher education are in line with the post-2015 vision of education for holistic development.

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