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


  • 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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