Conflict and Education Learning Laboratory (CELL) is a Dutch not-for-profit Research Foundation based in Bunde, The Netherlands.
At the Conflict and Education Learning Laboratory (CELL Foundation), we are working towards an international agreement to reduce divisive stereotypes in school textbooks. We believe that: No child should be exposed to the idea that another person or group is inferior, least of all in educational curricula and school textbooks. By working with, and creating an active network of, a broad array of experts, decision makers, and practitioners, CELL is uniquely positioned to:
- Develop, carry-out and support research using state-of-the-art methodologies to identify and understand divisive stereotypes in curricula, textbooks, and other educational materials and their links to conflict and violence;
- Generate an Information Hive of primary and secondary data on divisive stereotypes, textbooks, and conflict;
- Convene seminars, working groups, policy fora and debates, international seminars, workshops, and conferences, to bring together the latest knowledge from the research and policy domains;
CELL is working towards and lobbying for an international agreement to reduce divisive stereotypes in primary and secondary school textbooks - particularly history, geography, social studies, and religion textbooks. As part of such an international agreement, CELL is lobbying for standardized criteria against which all textbooks should be evaluated. Furthermore, such an agreement would include a forum wherein divisive stereotypes found in textbooks could be identified and discussed by all affected parties.