The Two Faces of Education in Ethnic Conflict: Towards a peacebuilding education for children

Innocenti Insight 4


The Two Faces of Education in Ethnic Conflict: Towards a peacebuilding education for children
  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Bush, Kenneth D.;
    • Saltarelli, Diana;
  • Publisher
    • Innocenti Research Centre
  • Date of Publication
    • 2000
  • Pages
    • 52
  • ISBN
    • 88 85401 67 8
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 238U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English





Description

The Two Faces of Education in Ethnic Conflict challenges a widely-held assumption - that education is inevitably a force for good. While stressing the many stabilizing aspects of good quality education, editors Kenneth Bush and Diana Saltarelli show how education can be manipulated to drive a wedge between people, rather than drawing them closer together. After analyzing the increasing importance of ethnicity in contemporary conflicts, this Innocenti Insight outlines the negative and positive faces of education in situations of tension or violence, including the denial of education as a weapon of war (negative) and the cultivation of inclusive citizenship (positive). It emphasizes the need for peacebuilding education that goes further than the 'add good education and stir' approach, aiming to transform the very foundations of intolerance.

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Thematic area

Education   / 

Thesaurus

armed conflicts   /  chechnya   /  education   /  ethnic groups   /  minority groups   /  northern ireland   /  right to enjoy own culture   /