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Africa: UNESCO and ECOWAS modular course for conflict resolution
an article by PressAfrik

The National Commission for UNESCO with the support of the multisectoral Regional Office for West Africa / Sahel of UNESCO in Dakar organized a workshop this morning on the promotion and popularization of self-study modular courses from the ECOWAS reference Manual for Peace Education, Human Rights and Citizenship. The meeting was held at the National Training School for Family and Social Economy.

Mamadou Dia, Head of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Commission for UNESCO /photo by Ibrahima Mansaly

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According to Mamadou Dia, Head of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Commission for UNESCO, "this reference manual of ECOWAS has been designed by experts from the education systems of the Sub Region. All countries were represented. There were many phases of design and validation held in Dakar, Lomé and Ouagadougou which organized technical validation. It was later followed by institutional validation by the Ministers responsible for these matters. As a result of this process there are seven modules that have been elaborated in this manual available online. And UNESCO has requested an extension to self-study modular courses drawn from this reference manual."

The seven modules evoke different themes, namely: Culture of Peace, Conflict Management and Prevention, Human Rights, Citizenship and Citizenship, Democracy and Good Governance, Gender, Peace and Development Perspective, Public Health, Environment and Sustainable Development. And the last theme is Regional Integration.

This meeting takes place at a time when the issue of Human Right is acute because of numerous conflicts, for example in Mali, Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic (CAR), etc.

The ECOWAS vision is to create a borderless region that is prosperous, with peace and harmony, based on good governance, and where people can have access to enormous resources, through the creation of opportunities for sustainable development with preservation of the environment.

The meeting was attended by several authorities. Among others: Youth movements, women's groups, security forces, journalists, teachers and members of civil society.

Editor's note: In addition to the self-study modules, the ECOWAS reference Manual is online here where it is available under "resources" in the following 25 local African languages:

BENIN: Ditammari, Fon and Yoruba
BURKINA: Dioula and Moore
GAMBIA: Mandinka-Gambia and Wolof- Gambia
GHANA: Akwapim Twi-Ghana and Dagbani- Ghana
GUINEA-BISSAU: Fula and Kiriol
GUINEA-CONAKRY: Maninkakan and Pulaar
MALI: bamanankan and fulfulde
NIGER: Hausa and Sonay Zarma
NIGERIA: Hausa-Nigeria, Igbo-Nigeria and Yoruba-Nigeria
SENEGAL: Pulaar and Wolof
TOGO: ewe and Kabye

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What do you think of this curriculum for training peace educators?,

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Latest reader comment:

The Campus Peace Educators Training Program (Abuja, Nigeria, May 2007) shall cover the following curriculum :

- Introduction to Integrated Campus Peace Education (Campus Peace Keeping, Campus Peace Making and Campus Peace Building Techniques)

- Universal Principles for Peace

- Human Development and Character Education

- Campus Conflict and Violence

- Fundamental Principles of Campus Peace Education

- Educating for Peace on Campus

- Principles and Techniques of Campus Conflict Resolution

- Teaching Methods and Principles

- Programs and Policies for Campus Peace (UN Peace Day, Campus Peace Day, etc)

This report was posted on November 14, 2014.