From Perpetrator to Peacebuilder: Rethinking Education in Conflict-Affected Societies


8 Mar 2023    

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8 March 2023, 3-4pm UK time GMT

Speaker: Professor Tejendra Pherali, UCL, UK

Convenor: Maia Chankseliani


In this presentation, I will problematise the widely believed role of education in promoting societal advancement and critically discuss how education can create and exacerbate conditions of violent conflicts in politically and socially fragile environments. Drawing upon my decade-long work in Nepal, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Thailand, I will present an analytical framework that enables researchers, practitioners and policy makers to appreciate multidimensional interactions between education, conflict and peace. I would argue that educational processes in conflict-affected societies should underpin critical political consciousness, enabling teachers and learners to exercise their agency to create transformative learning spaces that harness the peacebuilding role of education. National and international actors involved in peace negotiations should prioritise education as a vehicle for conflict transformation and sustainable peace.

About the series

Global Public Seminars in Comparative and International Education address themes of major interest to academics, practitioners, and policy-makers working in the field of education globally. These seminars illuminate the role of education in societal development, with a focus on understanding changes in education policy, discourse, and practice, and how these changes influence individual opportunities and shape the development of educational institutions around the world. Seminars zoom into the local and zoom out into the national and supranational spaces, flows, and influences on education.

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