"The Curricula of Albabtain Foundation for Teaching the Culture of Peace" - is the topic of a global virtual symposium titled "Education for the Culture of Peace."
October 24, 2020
Pegaso University, in collaboration with the Altiero Spinelli Center in Rome, the University of Eastern Studies in Naples, and the Diocese of Malta, organized a virtual symposium titled 'Education for the Culture of Peace,' which took place on the morning of Saturday, October 24, 2020.
The symposium drew inspiration from the achievement of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation, which consists of 17 curricula for teaching a just culture of peace from nursery to university level. The former President of Malta, Dr. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, inaugurated the event, and it was moderated by Dr. Touhami Abdouli, the Director General of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation. Distinguished professors and institutions participated, including Dr. Haris Vongli, Advisor to the President of Albania; Dr. Rose Anne Cuschieri, Chair of the Education Development Committee in Malta; Mr. Najib Al-Friji from the International Peace Institute (IPI); Dr. Luigi Moccia, President of the Altiero Spinelli Center in Rome; Dr. Nabil Ayyad, Director of Diplomatic Studies Programs at the University of Glasgow - Scotland; Dr. Mahfoudh Al-Arim from the Sousse International College in Tunisia; Dr. Maria Boni De Leon from Temple University in Italy; Dr. Giuseppe Cataldi, President of the University of Eastern Studies in Naples; and Charles Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta.
The participants discussed the significance of the culture of peace, particularly through the curricula developed by the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation. They unanimously regarded these curricula as a unique and unprecedented event in the history of educational curricula, highlighting the importance of promoting a culture of peace.
The former President of Malta stated that peace is our daily concern, and that education is the most powerful weapon to silence all other forms of arms. She further emphasized that the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation provides us with the weapon of the intellect, which is teaching the culture of peace to silence all other weapons.
In the same context, the discourse of the Archbishop of Malta, Mr. Charles Scicluna, came, in which he called for global brotherhood. He stated that peace is an architectural engineering, an art, and a creativity that is achieved through education. He further mentioned that the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation presents to us the methodology of this engineering.
Dr. Nada Trunk, the President of Primorska University in Slovenia, presented the curricula through visuals and several questions were posed to a large number of virtual participants regarding the philosophy behind these curricula. These questions were addressed by Dr. Touhami Abdouli.
The closing remarks were delivered by Dr. Luigia Melillo, the President of Pegaso University, a university specialized in distance education. In her remarks, she affirmed her commitment to teaching these curricula in collaboration with the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation.
All participants unanimously concluded on the imperative of achieving the noble goal of just peace, which is educating all segments of students about the values and principles of a culture of peace, fostering coexistence, and promoting mutual respect.