Leadership (Abuja)

3 December 2012

West Africa: ECOWAS Countries to Introduce Peace Studies in Schools

The ECOWAS Council of Ministers has adopted a report of its Ministers of Education that will ensure the introduction of peace studies in school curriculum in the sub-region.

A statement issued by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa'i, Mr Aliyu Othman on Monday in Abuja, stated that the objective of the initiative was to use education promote peace, human rights, citizenship, democracy and regional integration.

"The ministers also called for the reinforcement of the process of revitalisation of ECOWAS Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) towards the promotion of entrepreneurial education and skills acquisition in West Africa for the desired development.

"The ECOWAS Ministers of Education report also provided for the strengthening of the ongoing work on ECOWAS Regional Qualifications Framework and the National Qualifications Framework," the statement quoted the ministers as saying..

It further stated that the education ministers called for the ratification of the ECOWAS Protocol on Education and Training towards the realisation of the common objectives of the sub-region on educational development.

According to the statement, after the presentation, the President, ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Kadre Ouedraogo commended the ministers for the report which was unanimously adopted.

It stated that the ECOWAS Commissioner, Human Development and Gender, Dr Andre Diop, said the report would help to change education delivery in the sub-region. NAN

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