UNICEF has been responding to friction and shortages in Kirkuk by establishing a programme to foster peace and tolerance, starting in schools. “It’s essential that education provision is equitable and that schools are conflict-sensitive so that they can promote peace,” says Kelsey Shanks, a consultant with UNICEF.
The South Korean Ambassador to Uganda, Park Jong Dae, said that for conflict to be eradicated, a culture of peace and tolerance needs to be inculcated in young school going children. While speaking during the launch of a peace education program at Nakasero Primary School, Dae said that peace can only be attained when unity and tolerance is shared. “Everything starts with peace. If you teach children how to tolerate each other at a tender age, when they grow up, this culture will exhibit itself naturally and we shall have a peaceful society,” he said.
The peace education program was an idea conceived by the Always Be Tolerant Organization (ABETO) and assented to by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MOESTS), and adopted into the school’s curriculum.
The New York Times asked their readers who are Muslim how they talk to their children about these difficult times. More than 200 people responded. Many wrote about how they try to teach their children that terrorists do not reflect them or their faith. Here is a selection of the responses. How are you explaining these issues to your children?