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Call to introduce peace subject in schools

Call to introduce peace subject in schools

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Jun 04, 2013 - 16:02

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Peace as a subject should be incorporated in the Afghanistaninfo-icon curriculum, demanded civil societyinfo-icon activists in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday.

At a conference in Jalalabad, civil society activists said peace was the main demand of the people of Afghanistan and it should be taught as a separate subject at schools and higher educationinfo-icon institutes.

A large number of Nangarhar University teachers and students were present at the conference addressed by Dr. Amanullah Ishaqzai, a senior civil society activist.

He asked the youth, civil society and the government to intensify their efforts at achieving peace that should precede everything.

He said the government should introduce peace as a subject in schools in order the minds of children were not influenced by violent ideas. “There are military schools, where it is leant how to fight, but there is no place where peace is learnt,” Ishaqzai said.

Another speaker Mohammad Ibrahim Hamkar, a professor at Nangarhar University, said if the government wanted to achieve peace it should adopt the strategy prepared for the High Peace Councilinfo-icon.

He said a commitment to peace was needed more than ever because the country was about to enter a critical phase of its history.

Prof. Abdul Latif Mal Shinwari, another teacher at Nangarhar University, said the higher education and the education ministry should incorporate peace as a separate subject in the curriculum.

He said the youth were required to be apprised about the importance of peace and its advantages.

Organisers of the conference said they would conduct similar events in other provinces in a bid to promote peace in the country.

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