HC Deb 27 April 1948 vol 450 cc39-40W
Mrs. Florence Paton

asked the Minister of Education what steps have been taken by his Ministry to implement the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, 1947, on the teaching of the aims, purposes and principles of the United Nations in the schools of member States.

Mr. Tomlinson

Subject always to the freedom of the teachers to frame their own syllabuses and adopt their own methods, my Department is anxious to collaborate with U.N.E.S.C.O. in making known in schools the aims, purposes and principles of the United Nations and its specialised agencies. For example, United Kingdom representatives are taking part in several international seminars for teachers which are being organised this summer, one of them in England, with the active assistance of my Department. It is hoped to follow up this last-named seminar with a short course for British teachers on the work achieved at the seminar. In addition, I hope shortly to publish a pamphlet on the work and objects of U.N.E.S.C.O., and British school children will take part in an essay competition to be sponsored by U.N.E.S.C.O. this year. The Educational Co-operating Body for U.N.E.S.C.O., which advises my Department in these matters, is actively engaged in suggesting and encouraging co-operation with the schools.