Malta’s role in its commitment to peace and the growth of acceptance values and peace among children were the basis of an address made by President George Vela during a symposium highlighting academic trends in the education of tolerance. The symposium organised by the World Council for Tolerance and Peace is meeting in Malta is being attended by university representatives, researchers and academicians from Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia and Australia.
President Vella said that Malta has always provided a natural home for the achievement of peace and acceptance. He spoke of the importance of educationally spreading peace and tolerance at an early age during the opening of the symposium.
He quoted the example that children do not create discrimination between themselves and stressed the importance that families and schools have in the promotion of solid acceptance principles.
He said that when children are educated at the very start and in a continuous manner this helps eliminate differences that may be created by prejudice. He said that being least informed about a person creates doubts while being more and better informed creates less doubts.
Dr Vella said it is necessary there is more recognition of the need of greater contact between people and he spoke of the importance of educational material being strengthened for children to have a more hands-on experience of the things they are learning about. He also spoke of the need for greater mobility among youths.
University Rector Professor Alfred Vella said there are various means through which peace may be achieved. He added that cooperation between states and regions is critical and more people will benefit by it.
The President of the World Council for Tolerance and Peace, Ahmed Al-Jarwan, listed the work of the Council since it was established three years ago with the support of the Maltese Government. He said that higher education is a crucial role to prepare among other factors leaders to respond to situations that involve racism, terrorism and discrimination.