Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of Nigeria, has advocated for the compulsory inclusion of peace education in the basic education curriculum in schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace.
Ms. Buhari made the call at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Promoting Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings”.
The event was organized by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the sidelines of the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The First Lady, the President of the AFLPM, who spoke virtually, said there was a need to include peace education in the school curriculum due to the particularity of African conflicts.
“I advocated for the compulsory inclusion of ‘peace education’ as a core subject in the basic education curriculum of schools in Africa at the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in May 2022,” she noted. “I am pleased to report that the initiative has been well received.”
The first lady said that as key partners and implementers of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, she made a similar appeal to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO ).
She added that the call for UNESCO, in consultation with other entities and partners, was to consider developing a universal curriculum on gender, peace and security education for all schools as a way to make Resolution 1325 a reality.
Ms. Buhari said the event coincided with the 22nd anniversary since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and, subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.
She said it was also important to note that these historic resolutions on the preeminent position of women and girls in peacebuilding, peacemaking and peacekeeping processes were passed in this great city of New York.
“It is clear that violent conflicts claim the most victims among women and girls, even though we constitute more than half of the world’s population. In conflict situations, we are predisposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms,” the first lady said. “Already, there is a large gap in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to limited access to health care, social services, economic opportunities and women’s political participation. and girls in Africa”.