13.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Validation of online training modules to promote a culture of peace

Seven online training modules on peace are expected to be validated during a workshop on 16-20 December 2013 in Dakar, Senegal.

The validation workshop will bring together experts from the 15 ECOWAS countries of West Africa, as well as the ECOWAS Commission, the African Development Bank and UNESCO.

“We are going to validate the didactic and pedagogical aspects of these online training modules, which have been designed in a way that men and women, in particular youth can learn about peace values by themselves or in groups," says Pape Banga Guissé, coordinator of the peace project at UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar. "A multimedia platform (Internet and CD) to support the online lessons will also be examined,” Guissé added.

The training modules complement the ECOWAS Reference Manual for the training of trainers on values related to peace.

The Manual was produced in 2012, following a vast consultation process initiated in 2006 throughout West Africa and inspired by the experiences of experts and UNESCO in strengthening peace inside and outside of the region. The Manual is available in English, French and Portuguese and is currently being translated into all national languages spoken in the 15 ECOWAS countries. Tutors of trainers from these countries have already received training in using the Manuel.

Flexible training modules

Each module is composed by sub-themes accompanied by instructions, reference documents, teaching guide and examples of generic pedagogical boards flexible enough to be adapted to available teaching resources in ECOWAS countries. Likewise, it is suitable and adjustable to individual training purposes in both formal and informal education, as well as different levels of teaching and learning.

Today, the African continent is confronted by socio-political and ideological troubles (rise of fundamentalism and radical Islam), safety threats and political struggle.

"This is why promoting a culture of peace, responsible citizenship and civism is vital. More focus on equity and justice in prospect of a sustainable development is advantageous to everyone," says Guissé.

The validation workshop is part of the Peace and Development Project in ECOWAS countries, which is implemented by UNESCO and funded by the African Development Bank.

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