PREVENTING AND COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM: A CASE FOR INTEGRATING PEACE EDUCATION INTO TEACHER EDUCATION CURRICULUM IN PAKISTAN

  • Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad
Keywords: Teacher Education, Secondary School Teachers, In Service Teacher Training, Pre-Service Teacher Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Extremism, Peace Education

Abstract

The study aims to analyze the existing content pertaining to Peace Education in the core courses of B.Ed. (Hons.) Curriculum. Identified courses were thoroughly scrutinized against set criteria i.e. generating evidences about the presence or absence of explicit or implicit themes connected with Peace Education. This analysis informed integration of Peace Education into Pre-service Teacher Development Programs with special reference to B.Ed. (Hons.) Subsequently, Peace Education Training Module for In-service Secondary Schools Teachers has been developed Employing Case Study Research Design, Peace Education Training Model has been proposed based on deliberations with the administration and teaching workforce of the sampled Secondary Schools of Public and Private Sector across Karachi city. Peace Education is proactive approach to prevent extremism at Secondary Schools Level. Integration of Peace Education is expected to reduce growing rate of extremism at Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) as Post-Secondary Education is not standalone phenomenon. Through Peace Education, it is possible to intervene and prevent vulnerable working age population ( above 15 year and below 65 year) drifting to extremism and subsequently terrorism It will help achieving sustainable Development Goals as envisaged in HEC vision2025 as peace and socioeconomic development are interdependent

Author Biography

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad
Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, University of Karachi. E-mail: imtiazjam@uok.edu.pk

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Published
2020-07-01