Teaching Peace amidst Conflict and Postcolonialism
In a world where post-conflict and postcolonial countries struggle to heal from the past and meet new challenges, peace education is often neglected and instrumentalized for political agendas. Drawing on case studies from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Burundi, Colombia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, and Uruguay, this book shows that cultural and structural violence can, in turn, lead to direct violence. An effective program of peace education responds to these dynamics meeting our urgent problems and opening up new opportunities for peacebuilding. With this direction in mind, this book addresses the practices of peace education from around the world. The fundamental question answered here is: can peace be taught, especially where the scars of war and legacies of colonialism are entrenched in society? Peace education is foundational to a more equitable future where global citizens share a planet in justice, equity, with human security, and all the elements of sustainable, resilient peace. Foremost, it is an essential pillar for societies scarred by violence.
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Christopher P. Davey holds a PhD in Peace Studies and International Development from the University of Bradford, UK, and is the current Charles E. Scheidt Visiting Assistant Professor of Genocide Studies and Prevention at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, USA. His research focuses on identity, narrative and emerging perspectives on genocide, and includes fieldwork with Banyamulenge soldiers in central Africa and within the diaspora.
Cris Toffolo is currently the Interim Director of the Office of International Programs at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where she is responsible for her university’s internationalisation efforts. She is a Professor and the former Chair of the Justice Studies Department. She has served in the leadership structures of both the International Peace Research Association and the Peace and Justice Studies Association. She is a founding member of The Truth Telling Project for Ferguson and Beyond.
Maria Paula Unigarro Alba is Graduate Student Assistant for the “Supporting Multi-Track Dialogue in Ethiopia” project at the Berghof Foundation, Germany. Her interests revolve around peacebuilding and gender equality. Previously, she assisted the coordination of the Unidas Women’s Network from the German Federal Foreign Office, which unites women from Germany, Latin America, and the Caribbean, who work to foster equal opportunities for women and men.
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