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ERIC Number: EJ811540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1740-0201
Peace Education in Conflict Zones--Experience from Northern Sri Lanka
Harris, Simon; Lewer, Nick
Journal of Peace Education, v5 n2 p127-140 Sep 2008
In September 2005, adult students from Kilinochchi, located in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-controlled Wanni region of northern Sri Lanka, were awarded University of Bradford, UK, validated postgraduate certificates or diplomas in conflict resolution and peace preparedness. The diploma is, we think, a landmark in peace education when an internationally recognised higher educational course on peace and conflict resolution has been conducted in an area under the de facto authority of a militant separatist group with their full knowledge, cooperation and participation. We argue that in conflict or post-conflict situations, formal tertiary-level peace education programmes are important. This is because they provide local stakeholders with a safe educational space--one in which they can engage and experiment with the discourse of peace without overtly political implications. Such programmes also help develop peace-building capacity by offering people the necessary knowledge with which to analyse and think about the causes, management, resolution and transformation of violent conflict in a depoliticised, safe and educationally rewarding context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sri Lanka