Lessons Learned from Education Programmes’ Contribution to Peace and Stability

(Reposted from: UK Department for International Development)


Whilst education is most often viewed as central to peace-building, it is important to note that it has two faces. Education can be a strong tool in exacerbating violent conflict whilst on the positive side facilitate peacebuilding through addressing the drivers of conflict. The review draws from academic research on literature from NGOs and donors showing the links between education, conflict and peace. Education has been considered as a salient feature in emergency response featuring on its role as a peace dividend and an entry point to conflict transformation and peace-building (Smith and Ellison, 2015). However, gaps exist in the literature on evidence showing how to program education to address the needs of refugees and populations in conflict areas. Much of the literature reviewed emphasizes the need for context-specific conflict analysis with a focus on education for understanding how and under what circumstances education can address conflict and instability.


Price, R.A. (2019). Lessons learned from education programmes’ contribution to peace and stability. K4D Helpdesk Report 577. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies


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