Liberia: Promoting peace and reconciliation through curriculum reform

© UNESCO/Glenna Gordon
Paynesville Community Elementary School in Monrovia.

After suffering from a disastrous civil war, Liberia - Africa’s oldest republic -  has been regaining political stability and returning on a promising development path. As in every post-conflict situation, this process is fragile and must be supported at all possible levels. It is essential to teach the public and especially young people conflict resolution skills, and that human rights and citizenship can play an important role in supporting peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts.     

Within the framework of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund and in support of the Liberian Ministry for Education, UNESCO is engaging in curriculum reform to implement Peace, Human Rights and Citizenship Education (PEHCED) in the Liberian School system.           

UNESCO supported the Ministry of Education to provide in-service training on effective pedagogy to 1300 teachers in the counties of Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh and to establish permanent support mechanisms from the national to local levels within the education system.  The project focuses on providing students with knowledge and conflict resolution skills in order to promote peaceful co-existence. PEHCED has been incorporated as a single teaching subject in 337 schools in Nimba, Lofa and Grand Gedeh counties and the necessary teaching material has been provided, with an aim to reach over 10000 students during the first year of implementation.   

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