29.08.2014 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

International Peace Day commemorated in Santiago de Chile

Jorge Sequeira, director of UNESCO Santiago

In the framework of activities relating to International Peace Day, which is internationally celebrated on 21 September each year, the Director of the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Sequeira, took part in an educational activity at the Colegio Rosario Concha school in La Florida, Santiago de Chile, on 27 August.

The event was attended by a number of officials in different government departments, as well as the ambassadors to Chile of Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. It was organised by UNESCO “Messengers of Peace” Ana Beatriz Rodríguez and Carlos Augusto Salazar.

In his speech, the director of UNESCO Santiago spoke of the importance of raising the awareness of all the world’s children on their rights and on learning their own history and that of other nations to understand that all cultures are of equal dignity; he also said that we must learn not to repeat the crimes and violence of the past, building a tolerant citizenry in a globalised world. This challenge requires a generalised effort in teacher training and the design of adapted study plans and programmes.

The Director also stated that education for peace, democratic coexistence, and human rights help people to understand the broad diversity that exists in the world, and that instead of feeling threatened we should open our minds and spirits to value all contributions that bolster understanding and coexistence with different worldviews.

Jorge Sequeira also explained education’s potential to prevent wars, one of the most powerful reasons for countries to advance towards guaranteeing the quality and continuity of teaching. For UNESCO, this is how we lay the foundations for future peace.

At the close of his speech, the UNESCO Santiago Director described some of the actions that UNESCO is taking in this area, such as:

  • Supporting the worldwide Associated Schools Project, which includes projects in education for peace and democratic coexistence
  • OREALC/UNESCO Santiago has engaged its Regional Education Statistics Programme to develop a methodological proposal to gauge the level to which countries have made advances towards achieving Quality Education for All.  “Learning how to live together”, respecting and valuing diversity and participation by all, based principally on analysis of curriculum content and regulations in force, are also indicators of quality education
  • UNESCO Santiago is working in partnership with the “Valoras UC” programme at the Universidad Católica de Chile. A number of joint projects have helped to support coexistence management and to address the need to conduct a systematic initiative to create and strengthen “education communities” in order to achieve improved learning outcomes for all.

More information

International Peace Day, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations to be held each year on 21 September, calls to strengthen the ideals of peace in all the world’s nations and peoples.

This year, the celebration is dedicated to commemorating the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, which recognised that the promotion of peace is essential for the full enjoyment of all human rights. This day offers an opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations’ commitment to the purposes and principles on which the Organization was founded.

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