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Religious education urged to promote for world peace

Better collaboration among all sectors is needed for building a peaceful and inclusive society and preventing atrocities, says UN advisor on preventing genocide

Nayadiganta English Desk

26 March 2019,Tuesday, 01:02



Speakers at an international conference called for spreading religious and moral education to prevent intolerance and promote peaceful and inclusive societies, according to a UNDP press release issued on Monday.  

“Religious education in Bangladesh [as well as other parts of the world] can contribute in advancing peace and respect for diversity nationally and internationally,” Adama Dieng, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, said while speaking on the concluding day of the two-day conference on Monday in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

Highlighting Bangladesh’s rich tradition, Dieng also called for better collaboration of all sectors for building a peaceful and inclusive society, and preventing atrocities.

UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Mia Seppo, citing the shooting incidents at two mosques in Christchurch of New Zealand, said “Religious education can stop such disbelieves on any religion and uphold pluralism in society.”

The two-day conference titled “Education towards Peaceful and Inclusive societies: The Role of Religion” organized jointly by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Save and Serve Foundation held on 24-25 March.

Attending the inaugural session of the conference, Education Minister, Dipu Moni said, “Education has a big role to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by creating an inclusive society ensuring gender equality and human rights for all.”

She urged all to carefully handle the issue of growing islamophobia worldwide.

The conference brought together national experts and practitioners in the field of education, different religious groups to discuss about an alternative curriculum for religious education that would foster peace, and inclusivity.

Syed Tayabul Bashar, Chairman, Save & Serve Foundation, Shamim Afzal, DG, Islamic Foundation, Beatrice Kaldun, Head and Representative of UNESCO and Professor Atique Islam, VC North South University also spoke in the event.

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