10.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

How to write a stereotype-free textbook

Inclusive textbooks and learning materials can open students’ minds to other cultures and help teachers cultivate the values and skills for learning to live together.

“A good textbook must engage students and relate to their reality,” declares Jean Bernard of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. A producer of learning materials and advisor on textbook quality, Bernard believes that all textbooks and learning materials should reflect the principles of education for citizenship and peace 

“Textbooks and other pedagogical materials do not simply organize and pass on knowledge, but mirror the values of their particular society,” says Sylvie Cromer, sociologist at Lille University2 and researcher at the Institut national d’études Démographiques.

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