Children, Education and Reconciliation

Innocenti Working Papers 2010-10

Children, Education and Reconciliation
  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Smith, Alan;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2010
  • Pages
    • 32
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 609U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


This paper examines truth and reconciliation commissions that have made reference to a longer-term role for education in coming to terms with the past and contributing towards future reconciliation. The countries reviewed are Guatemala, Liberia, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Timor-Leste. Some have developed strategies for children's participation and made recommendations for inclusion in the formal school curriculum. However, recommendations regarding a role for education have usually been very general in nature, with little specification of what is expected of educators in practical terms and little follow-through by education authorities. The paper therefore identifies a number of challenges if education is to have a role in truth and reconciliation. It also identifies potential areas for educational development and recommendations for future actions.


Thematic area

Juvenile Justice   / 


children in armed conflicts   /  education   /  juvenile justice   /  right of self-expression   /  right to care and protection   /  transitional justice   /