PESHAWAR - Education is prerequisite for the development of conflict-hit areas. This was the slogan of a six-day training workshop started here at the South Asian Centre for International and Regional Studies (SACIRS). The workshop was organised with mutual collaboration of UNESCO and SACIRS for the teachers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas. It is part of the United Nation Decade of Sustainable Development 2004-2015 to educate, train and aware people at mass level in different countries.
Teachers from primary and secondary schools of Jamrud and Landi kotal are participating in the event. The teachers would be trained with different modern techniques and knowledge for sustainable development so that they could impart it to students of conflict-affected areas. “We want to revolutionise teaching, training and facilitating techniques in our region. Modern tools and methods of teaching must not be limited to settled areas only,” said Dr Rashid Chughtai, chairman of SACIRS.
The training workshop focuses on multi-disciplinary topics like informal education, gender equality, education for sustainable development, conflict resolution, human rights, and social justice.
As Pakistan is experiencing natural calamities like floods and earthquakes since 2005, a very important subject of disaster risk reduction has also been included in the training of the teachers.