The role of education in peacebuilding: learner narratives from Rwanda

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    This paper examines the role of education in post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding, because there is a limited evidence base, specifically from the learners’ point of view. The findings from Rwanda, where education was used for discrimination and marginalisation throughout its history and is now a pillar of national unity and reconciliation in the post-genocide education reforms, contribute to the literature on education and conflict. They have highlighted two unique roles of education in peacebuilding: providing cognitive rewards and transforming the values of learners, which enables humanisation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)107-122
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Peace Education
    Issue number1
    Early online date20 Sep 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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    • Peacebuilding
    • Rwanda
    • conflict transformation
    • humanisation
    • learner perspective

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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