Youth Experiences of Non-formal Education for Peacebuilding

  • Tabea Campbell Pauli
  • Kiymet Schipper


The intersection of peace and conflict studies with studies on education provides a wealth of research opportunities, around youth, agency, inclusion and more. The two case studies outlined in this chapter focus on non-formal education initiatives in Yangon, Myanmar. The first case study focuses on a political training institution, and how it influences youth experiences of their agency, before the transition to democracy in 2016. The second case study investigates how a school delivers ethnically-inclusive education for peacebuilding, in a movement for social change. Reflecting the particularities of Myanmar’s social, political and cultural characteristics, the conclusions of this chapter highlight that the specific nature of the country’s conflict shapes how peacebuilding and political engagement are understood, delivered and experienced. Both case studies show that education can have unintended outcomes. These findings underscore that more attention must be paid to the process of education in conflict affected contexts, to make sure young people are able to use these opportunities to enhance their agency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tabea Campbell Pauli
    • 1
  • Kiymet Schipper
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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