Uganda: Government to Introduce Peace Studies in Schools

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Uganda: Government to Introduce Peace Studies in Schools

By Stephen Otage

(Original article: AllAfrica.com.  October 2, 2016)

The Ministry of Education has started rolling out a peace and environment studies in secondary schools in the country.

While addressing journalists on Friday, Mr Robinson Nsumba Lyazi, the director secondary and technical education at the ministry, said peace and environmental studies are important because most conflicts are often sparked by the scramble for natural resources and need to be managed in a sustainable way to ensure future stability.

“We have only one planet earth where human beings live and if we do not manage our environment now, what will happen to the future generations?” he asked.

Mr Lyazi was briefing the media about discussions that took place last week during the forum on Global engagement for peace education and environment attended at the California State University. The forum resulted in collaboration between the California University and the Ministry of Education aimed at extending similar education to Universities in Uganda. 

“When you watch movies and films and you see the organised environment in California, it is not by accident but these people planned,” he said, adding that we need to emulate such good examples.

Mr Moses Musana, the chairman Always be tolerant organization, said the initiative was spearheaded by his organization with support from the American embassy which catered for the travel and other contingencies of the 13-man delegation from Uganda led by the Vice President Edward Sekandi.

“Together with the California State University, we have embarked on a curriculum which will be rolled out in Ugandan universities because we believe that in order to achieve the sustainable development goals, we should manage people, the planet and prosperity,” he said.

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