|Having worked in post conflict contexts it is still amazng to see how ‘uncivilised’ people have become and how the level of conflict has increased. What is more disturbing are the attacks on children , teachers and schools as well as other civilian targets which now seem much easier than traditional military targets. As an optimist I still believe it is worth working with the next generation to build a more peaceful future through providing young people opportunities to take more repsonsibility within their communities, so as to build skills of peaceful conflict resolution.
Some examples of peacebuilding initiatives have been provided by INEE
Civic Education and Peacebuilding: Examples from Iraq and Sudan
|(United States Institute of Peace)
Between 2006 and 2010, the United States Institute of Peace developed several civic education programs for Iraq and Sudan as part of broader efforts to promote postconflict stability and development and help prevent a return to violence. This report describes those programs after first examining the conceptual bases for civic education and how they differ from and overlap with human rights. It also discusses various challenges civic education programs face in postconflict environments and suggests several ways to overcome these challenges, as illustrated in the cases of Iraq and Sudan.
To download the full report, and learn more about the civic education and peacebuliding initatives in Iraq and Sudan, visit the website here.
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