The Jakarta Post
Peace education given to Islamic boarding school students significantly reduces negative stereotyping and stigmatization of Western ideas such as pluralism and multiculturalism, an expert says.
International Center for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP) executive director M. Syafi’i Anwar said that based on his five years of experience, peace education helps open the minds of students at Islamic boarding schools (pesantren).
“In many cases, intolerance among traditional pesantren in the country happens because of a lack of understanding and information on so-called ‘others’,” Syafii told The Jakarta Post at the third World Peace Forum in Yogyakarta on Thursday.
The three-day World Peace Forum will be held in conjunction with the centennial congress of the country’s largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, on Saturday.
The forum will bring together more t...