Education After the Arab Spring: Alternative Philosophy to Develop Awareness Towards the Other


Young children of Arab countries after the Arab Spring are experiencing great political pressure, conflicting ideologies, and are becoming a laboratory for violence and warfare, lacking positive relationships and community participation. These children instead of growing in maturity and spiritual insightfulness are overwhelmed with various hedonistic pursuits. What is needed is a foundational system of values that the communities have to be aware of. Based on these values we have to put mechanisms and guidelines for ourselves so as to have a mutual acceptance and cooperation between the entire world's ideologies, spiritual movements, and ethical dimensions, in addition to developing an ecological sense of worth, and convictions. In my point of view an evolutionary jump in the consciousness of the Arab families is needed for conflict resolution, anti-racial ideologies, multiculturalism, and techniques of negotiation. This jump as I see it is an education for a culture of peace that will help in developing humanity and communities. To introduce this culture of peace educating holistically, reorganizing the content of the curriculum and its delivery, and empowering caregivers are the ways that awaken the Arab families to the realities of oppression, violence, and suffering. These steps serve as a guide for revitalization of society and coexistence. Specific ideas and strategies as well as suggestions will be discussed to bring each step into reality. In the end, a summative idea about the importance of revitalization and the link of these steps will be explored with few recommendations.

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Heyam Loutfi ElZein, Rafik Hariri University, Lebanon

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Conference: ECE2014
Stream: Education and social and political movements

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