Accepted Paper:

Rethinking diversity through peace education  

Author:

George Chidiebere Iheanacho (Champion Newspapers Limited)

Paper short abstract:

This paper will explore diversity through peace education and the need of diversity with respect to ethnicity and conflict resolution in a fragmented society.

Paper long abstract:

As part of the on-going effort to explore the conference theme, this paper will look at the essential imperative of diversity in fragmented and intolerant societies and with respect to ethnicity and conflict resolution. Within this framework, I shall consider how diversity can be instrumental to solving human problems and maintaining progress. Solving human problems in multiethnic, multiracial, and multicultural societies can be very difficult and the relevance of diversity for achieving the ultimate goals of mutual recognition. Unity, harmony and peaceful coexistence become imperative when we understand the practices and ascertain the workability of diversity in such societies. The discourse of diversity in recent times would not be complete without peace education and consideration of observable cultural and experiential differences. Thus in reconstructing diversity so as to realize its objectives and in view of its multifarious implications, peace education has become a key practical concept, especially in education and raising awareness by closing the gap between fragmented and intolerant societies and the globalisation process.

My paper will develop and discuss these subjects.

Panel W091
Teaching diversity (workshop of the EASA TAN network)