divisive stereotypes

What is a divisive stereotype?


A stereotype is a mental representation of a social group and its members. Researchers in the cognitive sciences view stereotypes as mental categories that enable people to process information rapidly and efficiently. We use stereotypes in our daily lives to make sense of the world around us.


Divisive stereotypes in textbooks

Textbooks are integral to formal education. In the classroom, the teacher's role enables students to learn both content and critical thinking, forming ideas about the content. Outside the classroom, curricula developers determine educational content and learning goals.

Fons Coomans attends UNESCO Chairs Meeting

CELL Working Group Member Prof. Fons Coomans, on 21-22 June 2017, attended a meeting of UNESCO Chairs at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The meeting brought together Chair holders who work on human rights, migration and urban inclusion. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the role of cities and local governments in fostering the urban inclusion of migrants by using a human rights-based approach.

CELL Roundtable at APPAM Conference

On 14 July 2017, CELL convened a roundtable with academics and policymakers entitled, 'Working towards a global agreement to reduce divisive stereotyping in school textbooks,' at the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) International Conference in Brussels. This roundtable brought together experts in the fields of development economics, education, neuroscience, and law to examine and debate the need for a global agreement to reduce “divisive” stereotypes in school textbooks.

CELL Launches at UNESCO

Official launch of the Conflict in Education Learning Laboratory (CELL Foundation). The event was hosted by Ambassador Lionel Veer of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the presence of Assistant Director-General for Education Qian Tang.

Wars begin in the minds of men and women, often in the form of stereotypes. The CELL Foundation addresses this source of conflict through research, policy engagement and also sponsorship of young scholars in conflict so that they can pursue higher education.