Schooling for Peaceful Development in Post-Conflict Societies

Education for Transformation?

  • Clive Harber

About this book


This book explores how, and if, formal education affects peacebuilding in post-conflict societies. As schooling is often negatively implicated in violent conflict, the author highlights the widely expressed need to ‘build back better’ and ‘transform’ schooling by changing both its structures and processes, and its curriculum. Drawing upon research from a wide range of post-conflict developing societies including Cambodia, Colombia and Kenya, the author examines whether there is any empirical support for the idea that schooling can be transformed so it can contribute to more peaceful and democratic societies. In doing so, the author reveals how the ‘myth’ of building back better is perpetuated by academics and international organisations, and explains why formal education in post-conflict developing societies is so impervious to radical change. This important volume will appeal to students and scholars of education in post-conflict societies.


Post-conflict society Schools and peace Peace in post-conflict societies Schooling in developing countries Post-conflict developing societies Schooling for democratic societies Fostering peace through curriculum

Authors and affiliations

  • Clive Harber
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17688-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17689-1
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