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Burma Approves Unesco Peace Education Project

23 September 2013

Burma has approved a peace education project formulated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or Unesco, for northern Arakan State, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. The project, which will be jointly implemented by Unesco and the Burmese government, will target Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung, predominantly Muslim townships located near Burma’s border with Bangladesh. The project will give peace-education training to 350 teachers from 40 schools affected by last year’s communal violence, and will work to strengthen the commitment to an inclusive civic national identity, sources said. Funding will be provided by the Belgian government.