Building peace in the minds of men and women

Second pilot workshop on the Writing Peace Manual in Côte d’Ivoire

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 9:30am to Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - 5:30pm
Where: 
Côte d'Ivoire, Abidjan
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Amina Hamshari, a.hamshari@unesco.org

The second workshop using the "Writing Peace Manual" will take place from 23 to 24 October 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, involving 12 secondary schools. Twenty-four students aged between 11 and 17 years old and twenty-four teachers will participate. The workshop is organized in partnership with the Ministry of Education with the strong support of the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Abuja and the UNESCO Office in Abidjan.

Writing Peace is a manual designed to equip schoolchildren with intercultural competencies. Through writing systems, students capture the evolving reality of cultures, our respective multiple identities and cultural heritage.

This is the second of a series of training sessions with the network of UNESCO Offices and their local partners, including the Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet), designed to demonstrate the manual’s impact on children's perception of cultural diversity and the concept of peace.

The two-day workshop in Abidjan will begin by the opening of the Writing Peace exhibition, consisting of 30 panels on the aesthetics of the scripts described in the Manual. The guided tour of the exhibition will be followed by the training of teachers and students on the Manual, who will then conduct a four-week pilot test within their own school settings. A teachers’ debriefing session, as well as participant surveys, will foster opportunities to adjust and improve future training sessions and assess the impact of the tool at the school level.

The initiative is undertaken within the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) and of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.