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Ruane attends post-conflict teachers’ Capacity Building Programme

12 February, 2008


Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has joined delegates from Uganda for the launch of a project to emphasise the role teachers play in building peaceful societies.

'Capacity Building Programme for Teachers in Post-Conflict Areas' involves four participating countries represented through the following partners: the north of Ireland through Stranmillis University College; Uganda through Makerere and Kyambogo Universities; Rwanda through Kigali Institute of Education; and Sierra Leone through the University of Sierra Leone. The project aims to re-examine the role of education in promoting peace and harmony.

Speaking at the event held in Belfast's Stranmillis College, the Minister said:

"I am deeply committed to human rights and as Minister of Education understand the powerful and positive role the education system can play in the creation of a peaceful and just society.

"Teachers play a vital role in promoting respect for diversity and encouraging young people to feel confident in playing their part as active global citizens. As politicians we need to continue to build on the equal partnerships between the global community to demonstrate to our young people the advantages of dialogue and create an environment of equality.

"In this context teacher education has a specific role to play namely through developing peace building and psychosocial skills among trainee and practising teachers.

"Stranmillis University College is playing a proactive role in this field not only locally but internationally and for this I congratulate them and their partner universities."

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The aims and objectives of the "Capacity Building Programme for Teachers in Post-Conflict Areas" project are:

  • Development of peace building and psychosocial skills among teacher trainees and practising teachers.
  • Development of faculty research and developmental capabilities in the creation and evaluation of peace building and psychosocial education/curriculum content.
  • A revised pre- and in-service teacher education curriculum integrating peace building and psychosocial aspects.
  • Development of peace building and psychosocial resources for teachers in the form of textbooks and web and CD materials.
  • Establishment of a Post-Conflict Education Studies Centre in Makerere University's School of Education.

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