Benin to introduce education for culture of peace

. . . EDUCATION FOR PEACE . . .

An article from aContonou

Some 100 actors in the Beninese education system have been examining since Thursday in Cotonou the practical modalities of introducing, in the national education system, the manual on education for peace, human rights, citizenship, democracy and regional integration prepared by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).


Paulin Hountondji, President of the National Council of Education © Autre presse by DR
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Speaking at the opening of the national workshop on education for a culture of peace in Benin, Paulin Hountondji, chairman of the National Council of Education of Benin, deplored the fact that this manual, published by the ECOWAS, is not in use in schools in the subregion and particularly in Benin while the need is urgent on the ground.

“Recognizing the limitations of the security approach that privileges military responses, ECOWAS has deemed it opportune and even imperative to develop, for all member countries of its space, this manual “to construct the defenses of peace in the minds of men.”

He also felt that with the exacerbation of religious terrorism and the tragedies that it brings to life on a daily basis in the world, in Africa and particularly in the West African subregion, the approach to peace by another path becomes a categorical imperative

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