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Oman takes steps towards education for lasting peace

24 Jan 2024 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman, represented by Ministry of Education, joins countries worldwide in celebrating World Education Day on January 24.

This day is recognised annually to honour the vital role of education in achieving sustainable development goals, fostering peace and respect for human rights, and contributing significantly to eradicating poverty and hunger. It also underscores education’s essential role in enhancing individual capacities for tolerance, conflict avoidance, and solution management.

Under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Oman has placed a high priority on the education sector. His Majesty affirmed, “Education, in all its forms and levels, is a top national priority. It will receive our full attention and a supportive environment that encourages research and innovation. We are committed to empowering education as it forms the foundation for our children to contribute effectively to the upcoming developmental phase.”

This year, World Education Day is observed under the theme ‘Learning for Lasting Peace’, celebrating education’s role in peace and development. It aligns with UNESCO’s core mission, as outlined in the 1974 United Nations document, emphasising education for understanding, cooperation, peace at the international level, and education in human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The observance of this day highlights education’s critical role in addressing global challenges and achieving sustainable development goals. This underscores the need for governments and international organisations to prioritise education in their agenda for building peaceful, advanced, and sustainable societies. International conventions and norms have stressed the importance of quality, equitable, and comprehensive education for all, even in challenging circumstances.

The theme of International Education Day focuses on several key objectives: maintaining education as a political priority, fulfilling commitments of the Education Transformation Summit and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and creating momentum for the significance of education in promoting and sustaining peace. It aims to reinforce financing for education globally, especially for peace education, through innovative, multilateral mechanisms and partnerships.

This year’s theme also spotlights the role of youth and educators in achieving peace through education, creating a platform to discuss education for peace priorities and challenges amidst escalating global crises.

In line with the Oman Vision 2040, the sultanate has been dedicated to instilling values of tolerance and peace among students. The Ministry of Education continues to integrate these concepts into educational policies and documents, such as the Education Philosophy Document, the General Concepts and Curricula Document, and others focusing on humanitarian issues and global citizenship.

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