Minister Mtambo proposes introduction of Peace Education in schools

The Minister of Civic Education and National Unity Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo has asked developers of primary and secondary schools’ curricula to further explore applying Peace Education at primary and secondary level.

Mtambo said the introduction of Peace Education in primary and secondary schools could help in circumventing conflicts that arise out of land ownership wrangles, chieftaincy succession disputes, religious differences and various forms of political propaganda.

The minister was speaking in Blantyre on Thursday when he opened the United Nations Malawi (UN Malawi)/academia collaboration workshop.

The UN Malawi/Academia Collaboration marks the beginning of a strategic and operational relationship between the UN Malawi and Malawi’s best and brightest intellectuals.

Mtambo admitted that Malawi faces an uphill battle in circumventing conflicts that have, at times, escalated into violence that has threatened the peace that Malawi has enjoyed since independence.

He said it is against this background that the Malawi Government, with support from the UN Malawi, started the process of establishing an institutional framework that would ensure that tensions are handled before they escalate into violence.

“This process has been ongoing since 2012 such that a Bill to establish the framework is now ready for tabling in Parliament. At the centre of all this work of establishing a national institutional framework for peace building is the need to build community capacities to resolve conflicts in a collaborative manner,” said Mtambo.

He hailed the UN Malawi as an ardent ally to the government in building national capacities for sustainable peace in Malawi.

He also disclosed that the academia has played a leading role in informing state legislation, policy and public discourse.

“The strategic partnership between the UN Malawi and the academia is, therefore, not only beneficial to those present here today, but it is, above all, for the benefit to our mother Malawi.

“The Tonse Alliance government has openly and actively prioritized the promotion of peaceful coexistence and national unity among the Malawian people,” emphasized Mtambo.

UN Malawi Resident Representative Maria Jose Torres Macho pledged her organization’s commitment to supporting national efforts to promote peace and tranquillity in Malawi.

Macho emphasized that peace and unity are crucial in the pursuit for social and economic transformation.

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John
John
2 months ago

We don’t need peace education! Upgrade science subjects ( maths, chemistry and physics)

Munthu the Citizen
Munthu the Citizen
2 months ago

Peace education is a component of History education. You just need to enrich the history curriculum so that it could be used as an effective tool for peace education. The History curriculum is also an effective tool for teaching human right and citizenship education. If taught well, History has the capacity to heal old wounds and forge national unity. Rwanda has one of the best History curriculum in Rwanda which has been used to heal the wounds caused by the Rwanda genocide & promote reconciliation between the Tutsi & Hutu. You don’t have to add another subject to the already… Read more »

Cheremnant
Cheremnant
2 months ago

Too late to be an advisor of peace. Just eat what you fought for till your appointed position expires. The good thing is you are not a member of parliament meaning your eating days with this current administration are numbered day by day. Wait to go to certain embassy where your legacy will he barried for good.

Paul
Paul
2 months ago

Peace as a subject would probably be difficult to teach as there would be few qualified to do the job. It is too broad a field. I would be happy to see ‘Crisis Management’ or Crisis Resolution’ taught in schools under Management or Politics including Employability subjects. Early and Later years, i.e. Primary could have Problem-Solving or Social Skills as subject areas…with modules comprising Civic Awareness, Protest and Public Demo management, Citizenship, Environment, some aspects of Law, etc all comes to mind. Worth noting is the time within already congested curriculums such extra subjects may well push teachers’ wellbeing and… Read more »

Owen
Owen
2 months ago

We joke a lot in this country, and the jokes are not even funny when shared by educated idiots!!!

cairo
cairo
2 months ago

This guy is mentally incapacitated, looking at all he did with his comrades, thats a very stupid ideology to bring in schools. As others said, Malawi is peaceful its only him and colleagues who caused havoc across the country. Up to now, Malawi, is a peaceful state. Go away with your stupid proposal. Peace comes with equal right and justice, as Peter Tosh said. In addition, peace is achieved when people have food on their table, of which none of the above is existing in our country.

Wilkork
Wilkork
2 months ago

What do you mean Brother man, now that you are quite, coz you got what you wanted kkkkkk

mada k
2 months ago

after kutsogorera ma demo now peace in our school? for wat exactly? malawi is a peaceful country already

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
2 months ago

Sakudziwa chomwe akunena awa. Mtendere mumaudziwa?

Medsonchimudima3@gmail.com
2 months ago

Kkkkkkkkk Dada Mtambo u already taught youngsters that only demonstrations can bring peace.

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