Peace education syllabus and textbooks for teacher training colleges in Northern Afghanistan
The Teacher Education Directorate (TED) of the Ministry of Education (MoE) introduced a new peace education curriculum for students at Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) on Wednesday, supported by the German and Swiss Governments.
The new curriculum teaches prospective teachers the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to become peace-building role models in their schools and communities. IT was developed with funding and technical support from Afghan-German Cooperation and UNESCO. Besides introducing the peace education syllabus for TTC students, 1,750 copies of the Peace Education Resource Book were distributed in five of Afghanistan’s Northern provinces: Balkh, Takhar, Badakhshan, Kunduz and Sar-i-Pul. Following the pilot phase in five TTCs, TED will roll out the curriculum across Afghanistan with the help of Germany’s Basic Education Programme for Afghanistan (BEPA).
Talking at the handover ceremony in Badakhshan, Mr. Fazel Hadi, Head of Badakhshan’s TTC, stressed the importance of peace education. He said, “Peace Education has prominent role in development of education and promotion of peace in Afghanistan. I am very grateful of Germany’s activities in Badakhshan and I hope such support for development of education continues in future.” The new curriculum includes child-friendly teaching and learning methods that inspire students to be peacemakers in their country. Teacher students will learn about peace and conflict, human rights principles, peace-building skills and tolerance. These skills will help them promote a culture of peace and non-violence in their families and communities.
To introduce the new peace education curriculum, TTC lecturers piloting the new curriculum were trained by TED Master Trainers with support from BEPA in June 2014. The lecturers gained the required knowledge and skills to teach the new Peace Education curriculum to their student teachers. After the June training, Mr. Abdul Haq Rahmati, Head of Academic Affairs of TED, thanked German Cooperation, saying, “On behalf of all our teachers, I want to thank the German Government for working so very hard despite the difficult situation in Afghanistan. This program for teacher training is absolutely vital for the future of the country. The Peace Education Curriculum that has been developed will first benefit five provinces before being distributed to all Teacher Training Colleges across Afghanistan.”
Active since 2005, BEPA is a joint programme run by the German and Swiss Governments, between Afghan-German Cooperation introduced by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Swiss Development Cooperation (DEZA). Together with the Ministry of Education in Kabul and the education departments in the provinces, BEPA aims at establishing a sound foundation for teacher training in Afghanistan.
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