Teachers lead the way towards Peace in their Classrooms and Communities in Rakhine State, Myanmar


An article from UNESCO Bangkok

The Ministry of Education in Myanmar and UNESCO are jointly implementing the “Education for Peace and Development in Northern Rakhine State” project through funding support from the Belgium government. Teachers, principals and education officers from Rakhine State have been trained in life skills for peace and conflict transformation in partnership with the Centre for Diversity and National Harmony. This reaffirms the commitment of the Ministry of Education to promote peace education as a means for fostering mutual respect for cultural diversity at a school level.


The overall aim of the peace education project is to enhance the capacity of principals, school teachers, students and their parents to facilitate inclusive problem-solving processes and consensus-building around community priorities and to strengthen the commitment to an inclusive civic national identity.

UNESCO has developed school-based peace education training resources with four components: training of trainers, teacher training, teacher and student guide for the classroom and working with parents. The resources are activity-based with combinations of learning outcomes/competency development delivered through a mixture of concepts, structured learning exercises, experiential learning, posters, drama, art and story-telling that lead to a culture of peace and building a safe school and community. In May this year, 41 participants from 17 townships in Rakhine state attended the training of trainers in Yangon and subsequently 250 staff from 98 schools in Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Rathedaung, Minbya and Mrauk-U received teacher training in their respective townships.

Through a conflict-sensitive approach to education, the pilot training of trainers and teacher training aim to promote inter-cultural awareness and peaceful co-existence. The project activities promote the long term goal of education to overcome discrimination and exclusion through human rights-based, quality education. The Ministry of Education is keen to see the training modules developed for this project rolled out in the whole of Rakhine state as well as in other ceasefire areas.

(Thank you to the Global Campaign for Peace Education for calling this article to our attention)

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