“Imagine a world in which our children go to school and learn to communicate peacefully, to embrace diversity, to promote equality and human rights, to resolve conflict creatively, to live sustainably and with compassion. We can create that world – by introducing peace education into our schools and communities.”—Living, Learning, and Teaching Peace | Peace X Peace
Insurgents are suspected in the killing of at least 108 government teachers and 27 other education personnel in the southern border provinces since January 2004. Another 103 teachers and 19 education personnel have been wounded. So far in 2010 alone, 14 government teachers have been killed.
Ethnic Malay Muslims have also been attacked. Insurgents have targeted Malay Muslim teachers at government schools and Islamic school administrators who resist insurgents’ efforts to use classrooms for indoctrination and recruiting.
Insurgents have also bombed and set fire to schools, usually during evening hours. There have been at least 327 arson attacks on government schools in southern Thailand since January 2004.
“The arrest and conviction of these men represents a welcome step toward ending the exploitation of vulnerable children under the guise of supposed religious education. The Senegalese government should continue prosecuting abusers while at the same time ensuring that the boys are safely returned to their families.”—Senegal: Abusive Teachers Sentenced | Human Rights Watch