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ERIC Number: EJ722652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0040-5841
Child Soldiers, Peace Education, and Postconflict Reconstruction for Peace
Wessells, Michael
Theory Into Practice, v44 n4 p363-369 2005
Worldwide, children are drawn into lives as soldiers and terrorism as the result of forced recruitment and also by extremist ideologies and their inability to obtain security, food, power, prestige, education, and positive life options through civilian means. Using an example from Sierra Leone, this article shows that peace education is an essential element in a holistic approach to the reintegration of former child soldiers and to the prevention of youth's engagement in violence and terrorism. In the postconflict context, effective peace education has a stronger practical than didactic focus, and it stimulates empathy, cooperation, reconciliation, and community processes for handling conflict in a nonviolent manner. These processes play a key role also in the prevention of children's engagement in violence and terrorism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sierra Leone