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Lessons Learned from Education Programmes’ Contribution to Peace and Stability

Gaps exist in the literature on evidence showing how to develop education to address the needs of refugees and populations in conflict areas. Much of the literature 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.

Educating for the Future of Syria: The Time is Now

The time to strategically and boldly invest in Syrian education is now. The 2017 Global Terrorism Index shows a notable shift in terror tactics. In 2009, 16% of Al Qa’ida attacks targeted educational facilities, but only 1.5% of attacks had this same focus in 2016. This not only prompts timely investment in positive peace, but an opportune centralisation of education in the discussion of nation-building. Syrian society faces a dire but not hopeless risk of losing a critical youthful generation to war. The war’s current duration parallels the expected length of a young person’s primary or secondary schooling career.

Making Africa’s schools safe in the midst of war

The governments of 14 countries have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration, an inter-governmental political commitment to take concrete measures to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities from attack during times of armed conflict.

Former fighters prepare at grassroots for a peaceful, post-war Syria

When International Alert were asked to come up with a peace project spanning Turkey, Lebanon and Syria, they looked at the role peace education could play in reducing young Syrian’s vulnerability to recruitment into violent extremist groups. But what peace means for someone in London watching the war unfold in Syria, and what it means for someone living it, can be two different things.

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