Promote philosophical dialogue and research, a South-South cooperation

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Launch of the “Philosophy Manual, a South-South Perspective” during ​World Philosophy Day 2014:
This philosophy-teaching manual was developed through an inclusive interregional project, led by the UNESCO office in Rabat and supported by the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Programme for the Culture of Peace and Dialogue, funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Through the promotion of South-South intellectual and philosophical dialogue, UNESCO seeks to encourage the development of diverse views by supporting and promoting the often little-known philosophical traditions of the metaphorical “South”. What better way to do this than by providing sound educational resources aimed at teaching young people about the diversity of philosophical thought?

The manual is an innovative and high-quality tool for young people in secondary and higher education, and in non-formal education. The manual not only facilitates the discovery of philosophical texts from Africa, the Arab region, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean, but also promotes their full understanding through a critical apparatus which enables easily adapted educational use.

As well as being informative, the manual provides a comparative reading of texts with a view to broad and diverse reflection on key questions which span world philosophy. UNESCO will promote its adoption in philosophy teaching programmes throughout the world.

The manual is available in Arabic, English and French.

Second South-South Philosophical Dialogue, 16-19 September 2013, Villa des Arts, Rabat, Morocco

Past collaboration between UNESCO and the KAICIID had been limited to international conferences organized by KAICIID, such as the international forum on “The Image of the Other”, held in May and November 2013. KAICIID’s Board of Directors paid a visit to UNESCO on the 22 January 2014 which is worth mentioning. This provided an opportunity for exchange of information and discussion with Member States, but also with the Director-General and the  Secretariat, to explore concrete paths for possible future joint actions.


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UNESCO Associated Schools

Welcomes the information meeting between theBoard of Directors of KAICIID and UNESCO Permanent Delegates that was held at UNESCO Headquarters on 22 January 2014, at the initiative of the Director-General and H.E. Aldrees Ziad, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO,



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