Pedagogies for Peace in Post-Conflict and Fragile States

The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) recently hosted an important discussion around Pedagogies for Peace in Post-Conflict and Fragile States. If you were not able to attend, the video of this event is available on USIP’s website and here:

What kind of curricula promote the best education for  long-term peace in post-conflict, fragile and low resource contexts? Many kinds  of primary and secondary school curricula aim to promote social cohesiongreater tolerance and recovery from violence. But until recently we have had  little research on the different benefits of various curricula in different  types of conflict, or on how they can be used together most effectively, and on  whether these curricular approaches need to be sequenced temporally after  conflict, and if so, how.

In May 2012, Education Above All, a Doha-based education  group, commissioned papers from practitioners and thematic experts  that map and analyze the most widely used of  these different curricula, collectively designated as “education for global  citizenship,”  and the policies that have  accompanied their implementation.  A  major finding of this research project   was that “transformative education for local, national and global  citizenship and peace CAN be implemented even under difficult conditions if  there is a policy commitment to do so.”  To explore this important issue, the project  director, technical adviser and expert on conflict and education, Margaret Sinclair, discussed  these research findings with experts from the U.S. Institute of Peace and the  Brookings Institution.


  • Margaret Sinclair, Technical Adviser to Education Above  All, Doha, Qatar “Education for Global Citizenship in Low-Resource and  Fragile Settings”


  • Jeff Helsing, Dean of Curriculum, Academy for  International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, USIP
  • Xanthe Ackerman, Associate Director, Center for Universal  Education, The Brookings Institution
  • Qamar-ul Huda, Senior Program Officer, Religion and  Peacemaking Center, USIP


  • Lili Cole, USIP

Please find here the full report edited by Margaret Sinclair: Education for Global Citizenship in Low-Resource and  Fragile Settings

Source: USIP and Education Above All

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