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The influence of education on conflict and peace building, Background paper prepared for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2011 The Hidden Crisis: Armed conflict and education, Paris: UNESCO.

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Smith, Alan (2010) The influence of education on conflict and peace building, Background paper prepared for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2011 The Hidden Crisis: Armed conflict and education, Paris: UNESCO. Education For All, Global Monitoring Report. UNESCO Paris. 30 pp. [Research report (external)]

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to identify aspects of education that may have a positive influence on the dynamics of conflict or make a contribution to peacebuilding. The UN Secretary-General’s (2009) report on peacebuilding identifies a number of recurring priorities in conflict-affected situations, ‘establishing security, building confidence in a political process, delivering initial peace dividends and expanding core national capacity’. These priorities include ‘the provision of basic services, such as water and sanitation, health and primary education’. However, in conflict-affected situations education is also about more than service delivery because it is a means of socialization and identity development through the transmission of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes across generations. Education may therefore be a driver of conflict (fuelling grievances, stereotypes, xenophobia and other antagonisms), but can also be a way of contributing to ‘conflict transformation’ and ‘peacebuilding’.

Item Type:Research report (external)
Keywords:EFA, education, conflict, peacebuilding, United Nations, PBF
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences > INCORE
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
ID Code:17702
Deposited By:Professor Alan Smith
Deposited On:31 Mar 2011 15:14
Last Modified:31 Mar 2011 15:14

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