Why we should increase peace-building capacities of teachers and youth — World Education Blog

What is interesting about this description of an education programme to ‘fight terrorism’ or at least promote peace through education, is that it is in stark contrast to other efforts. Take the situation of the US:

Today, the United States spends far more on defense and counter-terrorism than any other country in the world. Its military expenditures alone top that of the next seven countries combined, which are China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, the United Kingdom, India and Germany, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

U.S. efforts to combat terrorism specifically “spread across nearly every agency in the government,” said Scott Stewart, a former counter-terrorism agent for the U.S. State Department who is now vice president at Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm.

The to-do list is long: destroy terrorist havens, thwart attacks, block terrorist funding sources, protect physical assets such as federal buildings and public places, prosecute terrorist acts, and change hearts and minds through diplomacy.

That involves everything from boots on the ground to domestic and foreign surveillance, from training police to beefing up airport security, to protecting livestock and other food sources from disease and contamination. (CNN Nov 2015).

You must have noticed – the word education is not mentioned…..

By UNESCO-IICBA (International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa) The propaganda and money used to lure young people into violent extremist groups such as Al-Shabaab in East Africa, Boko Haram in Nigeria and M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, must be challenged with one of the humankind’s most powerful tools: Education. Yet, […]

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