16.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Director-General and President of India Formally Declare Open Mahatma Gandhi Institute

UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman - UNESCO Director-General and President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee formally declare open the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development in New Delhi on 11 November, National Education Day

The Director-General and the President of India formally declared open the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development on National Education Day in New Delhi on 11 November 2012.

“Gandhi’s appeal lies in his vision of peace and development as being the same struggle. There was no greater advocate for the transformational power of education,” said Mrs Bokova. “This new Institute sends out a powerful message about the kind of education we want for our societies today. The Institute comes at the right time, when the world is debating the contours of a new global sustainable development agenda to follow 2015.”

It is the first such UNESCO institute in India and the first in the Asia-Pacific region.

President Pranab Mukherjee of India said it was fitting that the Centre was being established on the anniversary of the birth of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a visionary scholar and India’s first education minister who fought for secularism, communal harmony and social justice through education. “The outcome of our education system will not be measured in degree holders, “said the President, “but in the large number of enlightened citizens who respect humanism an rise above divisiveness to contribute gainfully to a stronger and vibrant India.

”The Minister of Human Resource Development Pallam Raju said that education must not only prepare youth to participate in the globalized economy but also “inculcate the values of sustainable development in the minds of youth and appropriate values of secularism, tolerance and humanism.” He affirmed that by sharing knowledge and good practices on the role of sustainable development in education, the Institute would prove true to the vision of Mahatma Gandhi. more

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