Mon 08-05-2017 15:39 PM

Geneva Centre to co-host panel debate on enhancing equal citizenship rights in education

DUBAI, 8th May, 2017 (WAM) -- The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, in cooperation with the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva, the International Bureau of Education, IBE, and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations Office in Geneva, will convene a panel discussion aimed at reviewing the role of education in enhancing equality of citizenship rights and diversity within communities affected by inter-communal civil strife.

The panel discussion, entitled, "Human Rights: Enhancing Equal Citizenship Rights in Education", will take place on 12th May at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, and will consist of experts with extensive knowledge in the field of education, particularly post-conflict situations, and reconciliation in community settings.

Inaugural addresses at the event will be delivered by the Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, Dr. Hanif Al Qassim, the Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office, Abdulaziz Almuazaini, and the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Ambassador Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri.

The panel debate will analyse the impact of training to promote equal citizenship, as part of human rights training, in school curricula and teaching methodologies, with the broader aim of promoting a culture of peace and developing healthy, inclusive and fair societies.

Enhancing equal and inclusive citizenship rights fits into the backdrop of education on human rights and global citizenship, echoing, at a domestic level, the same ideals of a more tolerant, cohesive, and peace-driven world.

The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre, Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, said, "The panel debate is a timely opportunity to discuss the role of education in promoting and enhancing equal and inclusive citizenship rights. Education has the potential of playing an important role in strengthening inter-ethnic and inter-religious cooperation in societies permeated by conflict and violence. We need to further explore the transformative power of education in building societies based on the principles of peace, tolerance and social harmony."