The fields of education and conflict alleviation have long recognized that textbook revision has the strongest potential to create effective institutional change. In fact, it is considered the most important intervention, eclipsing the reform of teaching practices and curricula, and the development of new educational technologies and non-formal education programs.
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.
CELL is now engaged in a partnership with The Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) for International Textbook Research, based in Braunschweig, Germany! GEI is a member of the Leibniz Association, a prestigious network of non-university research institutions. CELL and GEI will collaborate on textbook and educational projects, research, and events, in the domain of divisive stereotypes and discrimination in textbooks and other educational media.
CELL is pleased to announce its institutional partnership with The School of Writing, based in Karachi, Pakistan. CELL and TSW will collaborate on textbook and educational projects, research, and events, particularly as they relate to divisive stereotypes.
On 26 June 2017, CELL President Jo Ritzen presented at a workshop on the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) through Educational Media, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
The workshop was organised by the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research and the Permanent Delegation of Germany to UNESCO.
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.