Inclusion of peace education in schools sought

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, February 11:

Speakers at a programme oganised today on ‘Youth empowerment for culture of peace through peace education’ urged the government to include peace education in school curriculum to establish a culture of greater peace in the country.

Minister of Education and Sports Radha Krishna Mainali, said he would discuss the suggestion with officials and experts whether to include peace education in school curriculum. “It is a positive demand as it helps in building an environment of peace,” he said. Mainali urged society to help the government in restoring peace. “It is only through collective efforts that peace can be restored,” he added.

Former MP Kul Prasad Upreti, said education without peace is as meaningless as cultivation without irrigation. Former education secretary, Khangendra Banset, said inclusion of peace education in the curriculum is the need of the hour as peace universities have been established in the West. President of National Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal, Tika Upreti, said meaningful education and development of educational culture is impossible without stability and peace in the country. The principal of Mahendra Bhawan Kanya Madhyamik Bidhyalay, Manorama Rana, said including peace education would help in retrieving “lost peace”.

The programme was jointly organised by the UNESCO Association Schools Resource Centre and the National Federation of UNESCO Association.