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IMPACT-SE's Reports: Tunisia

IMPACT-SE published the following report on the Tunisian schoolbooks:

Peace and the "Other" in Tunisian Schoolbooks: A Concise Final Report
November 2009

IMPACT-SE has concluded a report on Tunisia's schoolbooks. The results are extraordinary: following reforms of revolutionary proportions carried out by the Ministry of Education, the Tunisian schoolbooks, in stark contrast with most Middle Eastern curricula, emphasize the importance of tolerance, peace and dialog with the “other,” equality between all human groups, openness toward the “other” and its culture (that is, the West), use of religion for universal rapprochement, and restriction of the ideals of (militant) jihad and martyrdom to historical events. Thus, provided they apply the above tenants within the context of the Middle East conflict, the Tunisian schoolbooks may serve as a model for Arab and Muslim countries regarding the attitude toward the "other" and to peace. A concise report has been compiled from the full report, which will be available here soon.

Read the Consise Report:
    English (pdf, 790 kb)

Related Readings:

  • IMPACT-SE Press Release: "A Comparative Analysis of Egypt's, Tunisia's and Iran's Schoolbooks"
    English (pdf, 43 kb) - French (pdf, 43 kb) - Hebrew (pdf, 52kb)
    February 2011
    Synopsis - Israel and Tunisia rank highest in education for tolerance and peace in the Middle East. This is the finding of pioneering survey conducted by IMPACT-SE, which shows that Tunisia has instituted educational reforms and is no less tolerant than Israel. On the other hand, the curriculum of the Egyptian school system, still in grip of the al-Azhar clerics, does not teach democratic values, lowering the chances for the emergence of a liberal democratic government in Egypt. Iran ranked lowest. Read more...
    Go to IMPACT-SE in the Media for media reactions to the press release.
  • Los Angeles Times: "Researchers see Tunisia as a textbook revolution"
    February 2, 2011 - PDF Version (193 kb)
    Revolutions seem to take place all of a sudden, but usually they don't really come out of the blue. Whether religious, political or economic reasons are behind upheaval, it often reflects a long process that reached a tipping point and a window of opportunity...

Related Event:

  • IMPACT-SE European Tour - November 2009
    IMPACT-SE set out on a two-week tour to the UK, Belgium and Germany with the goals of raising awareness and demonstrating to European parliamentarians, policymakers, media and public the true nature of Hamas; and of promoting the Tunisian schoolbooks and their educational approach as a potential positive role model. As part of the tour, IMPACT-SE presented at the European Parliament the findings of its research on the Tunisian schoolbooks at a November 18 public hearing entitled “The Challenges of Education for Peace & Tolerance & the Attitude towards Diversity - the Tunisian Model & the Role of the EU.”