Building peace in the minds of men and women

Writing Peace Manual - Training Tools and Resources

Experimentation Protocol

After the release of the manual online an experimentation protocol is now proposed to schools on a fixed period, with the help of teachers and pilot facilitators. The objective of these pilot tests is to demonstrate the impact on children's perception of cultural diversity and of the nature of cultures intrinsically linked to each other. A training series is planned with the network of UNESCO Offices and their local partners. The documents proposed in this section should help all persons eager to discover more about history of humanity uncovered through this introduction to writing systems.

The first pilot workshop utilizing the recently published Writing Peace Manual took place from 21-22 February 2018 in Rabat, Morocco, in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Education and the National Centre for Human Rights, as intercultural dialogue cannot take place without respect for human rights and dignity. Several citizenship and human rights clubs coordinated by the National Council for Human Rights in Moroccan schools are already involved in an experimentation protocol conducted over several weeks.

The two-day workshop conducted by the author of the manual Eric Cattelain in Rabat began with the opening and guided tour of the 30 panels exhibition as first introduction to the variety of available scripts around the world. It led then to the training of teachers and their students on the Writing Peace Manual, who rapidly understood what was actually hiding behind the aesthetics of the scripts: the history of humanity. A facilitator debriefing session, as well as student and teacher surveys have fostered opportunities to adjust and improve future training sessions.

This is the first of a series of training sessions with the network of UNESCO Offices and their local partners including UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet) designed to demonstrate the manual’s impact on children's perception of cultural diversity and a culture of peace. Writing Peace actually contributes to the  acquisition of intercultural competences by young people. It puts into practice intercultural dialogue and contributes to the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) let by UNESCO at the UN system level.


Expected Outcomes for “Writing Peace” Trainings

Does the “Writing Peace” Training contribute to the acquisition of intercultural competences?

  • Core Competencies

    1. Students have acquired the notion of cultural diversity through the presented writing systems.
    2. Students can explain the difference between a language and a writing system.
    3. Students can give examples of how some writing systems have borrowed from each other.
    4. Students understand that, through the borrowings of different writing systems, cultures are interconnected and evolving.
    5. Students realize that although the word "peace" is expressed differently, it is a worldwide shared concept, and each student is an actor of peace.

Intercultural competences tools on Writing Peace: