The Role of Education in Peacebuilding, Myanmar

The research on Education and Peacebuilding in Myanmar is part of the work of the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding, which is co-led by the Univer
sities of Amsterdam, Sussex and Ulster, and supported by UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme. This two-year partnership with UNICEF (mid 2014-mid 2016) seeks to build knowledge on the relationship between education and peacebuilding in conflict-affected contexts. The data collection and analysis has focused on two specific geographical regions: the wider Yangon area and Mon state. This research addresses the three thematic Research Areas (RA) of the Research
Consortium in the case of Myanmar:
  • 1) Policy: How is peacebuilding integrated into the education sector at macro and micro policy levels?
  • 2) Teachers: What is the role of teachers in the peacebuilding process of a country?
  • 3) Youth: How do formal/non-formal peacebuilding education programmes address the agency of youth?
It also discusses the two cross-cutting themes of gender dynamics and direct and indirect violence in the context of Myanmar.
The team, consisting of three researchers from the University of Amsterdam, one colleague

from the University of Auckland and seven researchers in Myanmar, carried out the fieldwork between January and April 2015. To date, the study included 72 policy-related respondents (including policy-makers, peacebuilding actors, and experts), 115 teacher-related respondents (including head teachers, teachers, and teacher trainers), and 144 youth-related participants (including youth and staff of micro-cases) in the wider Yangon area and in Mon state. Hence, the data presented reflects a particular period and geographical focus. Moreover, the authors are mindful of the unique contexts of both Mon and Yangon in relation to peacebuilding within the broader national context, such that our findings are not generalizable to other areas of the country with specific conflict drivers, some of which are currently conflict-affected. In addition to the work of the Research Consortium, the University of Amsterdam also supports PhD and Master research on the themes of education for social transformation, and some of the completed outcomes are listed below.

Publications

 

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  • Lopes Cardozo, M.T.A., Durrani, N., Higgins, S. and Kadiwal, L. (2015) Methodological and ethical challenges of studying youth: the role of education for youth agency in relation to building sustainable peaceful futures in Pakistan/Myanmar, UKFIET Conference, 15-17 September 2015
Master theses 
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