To play a role in shaping the future, young people must have a better understanding of the past. The Holocaust was a watershed event in relatively recent history whose legacies still shape our world and whose lessons are relevant to the challenges we face today.
The 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report revealed that the history taught at both primary and secondary levels propagated a version of the past based largely on colonial stereotypes and interpretations of Rwandan history, which supported the political ideology during that period and established fertile ground for conflict and genocide. What is taught to students has a lifelong impact on them and determines, to a large extent, their perception of life and their future decisions. This is precisely what informed the introduction of integrated genocide ideology studies so that a new generation of ‘clean minds’ is molded in the quest for a genocide ideology-free Rwanda.
A three-day Aegis Trust Peace Education colloquium began February 21 with a focus on the importance of investing in peace. Funded by the UK Government, the conference assembled more than 100 local and international experts to discuss the role of peace education in preventing conflict and mass atrocity. It is part of Aegis’ worldwide efforts to build a generation of champions of humanity by investing in world class peace education.
UNESCO supports education on the history of past genocides as a means to raise awareness of the causes, dynamics and consequences of such atrocities and to build resilience to violence and to contribute to a culture of peace based on mutual respect and human rights. As such, UNESCO partnered with the National Commission of Senegal to UNESCO to organize a training seminar for high-level civil servants of the Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Mali, Niger and Senegal ministries of education in Dakar November 24-25, 2016.