Education on peace stressed

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 2:

Education secretary Bidyadhar Mallik today stressed the importance of education on peace in

order to build a peaceful state and for the overall development of the child."The government along with the civil society should be committed to maintain peace in the country so that a peaceful state can be ensured," said Mallik while addressing a seminar on the role of UNESCO institutions in strengthening Associated Schools Project Networking (ASP net).

The seminar was organised by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations of Nepal (NFUAN). Highlighting the need for peace education, Mallik said, "The students have become victims of the conflict as both the state and the Maoists have terrorised them, adversely affecting their over all growth."

Associated Professor Dambar Bir Thapa, President of NFUAN said the role of UNESCO associations and institutions in promoting peace education in the country should be strengthened. "Through these clubs, the concept of peace should reach the tender minds of students, especially when the country is facing conflict," said Thapa. In Nepal, there are 74 schools associated with ASP net. The project was introduced in Nepal in 1969 with the aim to promote peace education and human rights among students.