The Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking project is foregrounded in a new publication by UNESCO. The CD-ROM “Learning to Live Together: Good Practices in Schools” was released this month by the International Board of Education in Paris, as a publication of German Development Cooperation (GTZ).
The Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project was created by Charlie Temple, professor of education, along with Kurt Meredith and Jeannie Steele of the University of Northern Iowa, and Elisabeth Lorant of George Soros' Open Society Institute. Since 1997 RWCT has been a program offering the Open Society Institute, and with OSI's support it has reached some 40,000 classrooms–and an estimated 2,000,000 students.
What is significant about the UNESCO Priblication is that RWCT is featured as one of 25 recommended practices for crisis prevention and peace building drawn from all around the world. RWCT was designed to promote active learning and critical thinking, and it has acknowledged its contribution to building grass roots democracy, in the tradition of John Dewey. However, being promoted in the context of conflict resolution and peace building aligns the project with what are emerging priorities of the world's development organizations, especially in the former Soviet Union–the Caucasus and Central Asia in particular. RWCT has been very active in those places, as well as in a total of 30 countries on four continents around the world.