The violence of peace and the role of education: insights from Sierra Leone

Novelli, Mario and Higgins, Sean (2016) The violence of peace and the role of education: insights from Sierra Leone. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 47 (1). pp. 32-45. ISSN 0305-7925

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Research on peacebuilding has mushroomed over the last decade and there is a growing interest in the role of education in supporting peacebuilding processes. This paper engages with these debates, UN peacebuilding activities and the location of education initiatives therein, through a case study of Sierra Leone. In the first part, we explore the complex and multi-dimensional nature of violence in post-conflict Sierra Leone. In the second, we critically address the role of education in the conflict and post-conflict period, highlighting education’s centrality as a catalyst to conflict, and then reflect on the failure of the post-conflict reconstruction process to adequately transform the education system into one that could support a process of sustainable peacebuilding. Finally, we conclude by exploring the ways that greater investment and focus, both financial and human, in the education sector might, in the long term, better contribute to a sustainable and socially just peace.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Education, post-conflict reconstruction, Sierra Leone, liberal peace, social justice
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 12:43
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 19:07

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