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VVOB and the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) are supporting a teacher trainer from Vietnam to participate in the 10th Asia-Pacific Training Workshop on Education for International Understanding which will be organized from 24 June to 3 July 2010 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

VVOB nominated Ms. Nguyen Tri Trung of Quang Nam University to participate in this training since she plays a central role in the VVOB supported teacher training programme component on methodology and environmental education as the local coordinator of this programme component at her university. After a competitive selection process, Ms. Trung was invited to participate, jointly supported by APCEIU and VVOB.

Recognizing the critical importance of preparing professionals in the field of education for the promotion of education towards a Culture of Peace, APCEIU has been organizing training workshops on Education for International Understanding (EIU) for professionals in the field of education in the region. This year APCEIU will hold its 10th Asia-Pacific Training Workshop on EIU for teacher trainers in the region. Under the sub-title of “Making the Waves of a Culture of Peace”, this year’s workshop will continue to provide the participants with a platform where practices and expertise are shared. This annual workshop signifies APCEIU’s continuing commitment and endeavor to contribute to the achievement of Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the promotion of a Culture of Peace.

Named interchangeably as global education, international education, peace education or global citizenship education in various contexts, EIU is a holistic and multi-dimensional education initiative to promote cultures of peace. EIU is anchored in genuine peace, transcending the concept of peace merely as the absence of war. It advocates participatory democracy, human rights and dignity, social and economic equity, ecological sustainability, and peaceful and just reconciliation of conflicts. EIU provides a comprehensive and holistic understanding of how the issues are interconnected with one another, while helping educators with developing their capacity to actively and creatively engage in their community and educational settings.

Its development is grounded on the UNESCO Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1974), UNESCO Declaration and Integrated Framework of Action on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy (1995) and the UN International Decade for the Culture of Peace (2000).

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