Religious and moral education can prevent intolerance and promote peaceful and inclusive societies, speakers told an international meeting.
They also emphasised on raising awareness among guardians while addressing at a closing ceremony of two-day conference titled “Education towards Peaceful and Inclusive Societies: The Role of Religion” in the capital on Monday.United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly organised the conference recommending an alternative curriculum for religious education that would foster peace with inclusively.
Addressing the meeting, Education Minister Dipu Moni said: “Education has a big role to play in achieving the sustainable development goals by creating an inclusive society ensuring gender equality and human rights for all.”
She urged all to handle carefully the issue of growing Islamophobia worldwide.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General Adama Dieng made call for better collaboration of all sectors for building a peaceful and inclusive society, and preventing atrocities. Highlighting Bangladesh’s rich tradition, he said: “Religious education in Bangladesh can contribute to advance on peace and respect for diversity nationally and internationally.”
UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo, citing the shooting incidents at two mosques in Christchurch of New Zealand, said: “Religious education can stop such disbelieves on any religion and uphold pluralism in society.”
Among others, Save and Serve Foundation Chairman Syed Tayabul Bashar, Islamic Foundation Director General Shamim Afzal, Head and Representative of Unesco Beatrice Kaldun and North South University Vice Chancellor Prof Atique Islam also spoke at the event.