26 February, London- Delivering the 18th Commonwealth Lecture in London on 25 February 2016, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova explored the stakes of educating for inclusion, dialogue and peace in a world that is getting younger every day.
From combating violent extremism to connecting the dots between the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, Ms Bokova affirmed that there is no more powerful force than education, to advance social inclusion, break the vicious circle of poverty and hold up human rights.
“Education is the way to disarm the processes that may lead to violent extremism, by undermining prejudice, by fighting ignorance and indifference,” she said, citing UNESCO’s actions to engage youth in strengthening the narrative of a single humanity and empowering them as agents of change.
In her address, Ms. Bokova underscored that inclusion lies at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and pointed out that to find solutions to today’s challenges it is imperative to find new ways of seeing the world, of thinking and behaving – and this starts with education.
She further highlighted the work done by UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) , which promotes youth action for transformative learning and social change, including through its YESPeace Network.
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