Is there a future for education in peacebuilding?

The Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding organised to a public seminar and debate on the evening of Wednesday 20th April (17h30-19h00) titled “is there a future for education in peacebuilding?”. The evening started with a key note address by Prof. Alan Smith (Ulster University, co-Director of the Research Consortium Education and Peacebuilding), followed by a panel discussion with various stakeholders including representatives from donors, (I)NGOs and researchers. The evening is geared towards identifying directions for the way forward in terms of conflict and fragility, and where education and peacebuilding feature within current and future debates, not least in relation to the global Sustainable Development Goals.

Time: 20 April, 17h30-19h00
Venue: Singelkerk, Amsterdam (Singel 452).
RSVP: please RSVP before April 14 via this link.

The Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding is a partnership between the University of Amsterdam, the University of Sussex, Ulster University and UNICEF, alongside in country research partners, and aims to contribute to one of UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme (PBEA) key objectives, ‘contributing to the generation and use of evidence and knowledge in policies and programming related to education, conflict and peace building’. The Research of the Consortium has focused on three thematic areas at global level and country case studies including Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda:

  1. The integration of education into peacebuilding processes at global and country levels;
  2. The role of teachers in peacebuilding;
  3. The role of formal and non-formal peacebuilding education programmes focusing on youth; and

the cross-cutting themes of gender and violence.

This public seminar was the opening seminar of the Research Consortium’s final dissemination event, “the role of education in peacebuilding – foundations, findings and futures”, taking place on Thursday 21 – Friday 22 April.