Utpal Borpujari

July 26, 2010

UNESCO’s peace studies centre named after Gandhi to launch on Oct 2

By Utpal Borpujari

In an apt tribute towards Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO will inaugurate its Category-I institute on peace studies named after the apostle of peace in New Delhi on this Gandhi Jayanti.

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) would be run from a temporary premise till its own premises come up at land to be allotted by the Centre, Armoogum Parsuramen, UNESCO’s representative to India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, told Deccan Herald here.

Being a Category-I institute of UNESCO, MGIEP is being set up with majority investment from the global body with the aim of making it a hub for peace studies in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The institute will contribute to the achievement of the goals of the Dakar Framework for Action for Education for All and the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DSED), 2005-14, for which UNESCO is the designated lead agency,” Parsuramen said.

MGIEP will contribute to the conceptualization, design and formulation of UNESCO’s programes, objectives and strategies, including regional and sub-regional strategies in education for a culture of peace and sustainable development.

The institute would promote evidence-based research and analysis of education for peace and sustainable development to establish a regional pool of individual and institutional expertise. It would also act as a network on the best practices in this sphere.

UNESCO, Parsuramen said, would provide professional and technical support for the regular programmes and activities of the institute and encourage UNESCO National Commissions of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to send trainees, experts and researchers in the relevant fields.

At the initial state, UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok would provide MGIEP with the necessary assistance to conceptualise and develop a strategic programme of activities on the basis of a more detailed assessment of field-based needs in order to define the outcomes and results of the proposed programmes.

The institute would be managed through an operational agreement between UNESCO and the Human Resource Development Ministry, and would get necessary financial support from the government.

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 25-07-2010)



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