TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

World Peace Forum: Peace education reduces stereotyping

  • Sri Wahyuni

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, July 2 2010   /  09:22 am

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...