Addressing national histories of violence is essential for peace. Inspired by the pedagogy of Holocaust education, Nigeria is crafting its own balanced approach to navigate national challenges and promote a shared understanding of history.
Countries around the world invest in education about the Holocaust and genocide with UNESCO’s support
Teaching about history’s worst crimes can be challenging. UNESCO supports educators from 11 countries in making such conversations in and out of the classroom easier.
The Ubumuntu Conversations, aptly themed, “After the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda: Is the World Getting Better at Prevention?” was attended by Rwandans from all walks of life—senior officials from the Rwandan government, academics, and the international community.
The observatory will also contribute to the implementation of a comprehensive program of awareness-raising and education for peace, unity and national reconciliation.
A three-day Colloquium in Kigali in February brought together academics and practitioners in and around the field of peace education to share concepts, methods and means of measuring impact, contributing to a stronger evidence base for the effectiveness of peace education.
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.
The second day of the Aegis Trust’s three-day Peace Education colloquium began with a panel on different tools to deliver peace education content in Rwanda. The key question for discussion was how to identify the right teaching and learning tools for the right context.