(Original article: The Peninsula, Feb. 1, 2016)
Doha: Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) for Education, Science and Community Development, is holding a two-day international workshop on the role of peace education in Africa.
To be held on February 8 and 9, the forum ‘Peace Education: Qatar Engagement in Mapping of Policies, Programmes and Resources in Africa’ will bring together academics, United Nations delegates and prominent practitioners to delve into crucial issues in education and peace-building that can affect Africa’s socio-economic and political transformation.
In line with HBKU’s approach to higher education, which promotes pushing the limit of innovation and research to respond to the needs of communities, the forum highlights the role universities should play in fostering peace education in post-conflict and conflict-prone countries. Panellists will discuss the most effective ways universities in war-affected countries can be functionally relevant to the daily needs and challenges of their immediate environment by promoting peace-building through peace education.
Participants will discuss lessons from Qatar and analyse strategies, case studies and new ideas utilised to building peaceful and resilient communities.
Dr Abdullahi Hussein from Qatar National Research Fund, Hany Besada from the UN and University of Ottawa, and Dr Mohammed Evren Tok, Assistant Professor of Public Policy in Islam, HBKU’s Faculty of Islamic Studies, will open the event.
Panellists will be from the UN, World Bank, New York University, University of Oxford, Education Above All, African Union Commission, Plan International, and Women in Cities International
Dr Tok said: “The international workshop will help identify current and necessary capacities and impacts of multi-level education actors to develop social cohesion through conflict-sensitive education protocols and mechanisms to improve our understanding of capacities needed for peace building leadership development and resource management at various levels.” At a time of economic and political turmoil in regions across the world, the workshop, through the diversity of its themes and participants, is a demonstration of HBKU’s commitment to education and community development, integral to QF’s mission in and beyond Qatar. The workshop will be held at Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies building in Education City.
Registration is open and those interested can learn more at: www.hbku.edu.qa/PeaceEducation.