INTERCULTURAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION FOR PEACE AND COEXISTENCE
Under the patronage of the Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Mr. Elias Abou Saab, Adyan with the support of the UK embassy in Lebanon organized the opening ceremony of the International Conference on “Intercultural Citizenship Education for Peace and Coexistence” on April 24-25, 2015.
The conference joined 30 experts and policymakers coming from 12 countries (Lebanon, Egypt, Amman, Iraq, Tunis, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, UK, France, Austria, and Greece).
Adyan Foundation has been working for the past years on the integration of education on religious pluralism, citizenship and coexistence in Lebanese schools, culminating with the 3 year “National Strategy for Citizenship and Coexistence Education” in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) and the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) and with the support of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This program, predicated on a vision of citizenship inclusive of cultural and religious diversity, and going beyond tolerance or assimilation, has managed to change the curriculum in Lebanon and include in the national program the principles and values of intercultural citizenship.
Based on this successful experience, and in view of the importance of education on citizenship and diversity as a tool for living together in today’s plural societies, Adyan foundation is organizing this conference with the aim of:
- Examining the different conceptual and practical approaches in Education on Peace and intercultural Citizenship and refining the reflection on the subject in relation to the Arab context
- Sharing best practices from Western and Arab contexts on education on citizenship and diversity
- Presenting the Intercultural Citizenship Education as a De-radicalization and Extremism Prevention tool
The conference, made of an official opening ceremony with a keynote speech and a full day closed conference divided into four panels, allowed a deeper understanding of the challenges of intercultural citizenship education, a networking among actors in the field, and opened avenues of partnership between Adyan Institute and public institutions in the Arab world for the promotion of intercultural citizenship education as a tool to prevent radicalization and marginalization of communities.
The conference was organized on April 24-25 2015