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ERIC Number: EJ815216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Learning for a Bright Future: Schooling, Armed Conflict, and Children's Well-Being
Winthrop, Rebecca; Kirk, Jackie
Comparative Education Review, v52 n4 p639-661 Nov 2008
During and after armed conflicts, policy makers and practitioners often advocate education to support the physical, psychological, and social well-being of children. In such advocacy they reference education's role in promoting children's welfare, although there is evidence that schooling in particular can jeopardize children's well-being. In this article, the authors argue that, under certain conditions and with certain approaches, schooling can support children's well-being. This subject has been given little attention in existing literature and practice. Using data collected on primary school students living in refugee and postconflict contexts through the International Rescue Committee's Healing Classrooms Initiative, the authors examine the diverse ways in which Eritrean refugee students in Ethiopia, Afghan students in Afghanistan, and Liberian refugee students in Sierra Leone conceptualize their own well-being in relation to their school experience. The authors then draw out the implications for policy and practice of these children's experiences and perceptions. (Contains 1 table and 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Ethiopia; Sierra Leone