‘Introduce peace, conflict resolution in education curriculum’ – Zambia

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(Reposted from: Zambia Daily Mail Limited.  June 22, 2017)

Zambia member of Parliament (MP) Mwansa Mbulakulima (PF) has called for the introduction of peace and conflict resolution in the education curriculum.

Mr Mbulakulima said there is also need to introduce religious education subjects to promote morality among citizens.  He said this in Parliament on Tuesday when he contributed to the debate on the report of the Committee on Legal Affairs, Governance, Human Rights, Gender Matters and Child Affairs on the address by President Lungu. 

“The presidential speech touched mainly on morality, ethics, and conflict resolution. To promote peace, we must introduce religious programmes [subject] in schools although this may be a controversial issue.  We also need to introduce education in schools that focuses on promoting peace and unity in the nation,” Mr Mbulakulima said.

He said citizens should always strive to promote peace and good morals at school, work place and society for the country to develop further. “Zambia is a Christian nation, and we should all promote good morals such as peace, which is a non-partisan issue,” Mr Mbulakulima said.

He also called for the promotion of the spirit of Ubuntu, an African philosophy which gives an understanding of who we are as human beings, and how we relate to the rest of the universe.  “Let us reorient our society on the need to observe good morals, with the spirit of Ubuntu, we were not going to be having the street children that we see now,” Mr Mbulakulima said.

And the parliamentarian appealed to the media to play an active role in peace building by avoiding publication of stories with potential to incite the public.

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