Education as Potentially Preventative of Violent Conflict

  • Clive HarberEmail author


This chapter begins by discussing the optimistic consensus that surrounds the potential role of schooling in peacebuilding in post-conflict societies, despite the enormous difficulties and challenges faced and despite the role of schooling in sometimes helping to foment violence in the first place. It cites international organisations, government development agencies and academics who express the view that education can be transformed (a commonly used word in the literature) and can play a positive role. The second section of the chapter looks at the importance of evidence, arguing that much of the literature on education and peace is prescriptive and aspirational in nature. This is why it therefore seemed important to carry out a wider study of the literature and evidence on the role of schooling in conflict-affected and post-conflict developing societies to examine whether there was a large amount of wishful thinking or whether schooling really could be transformed to make a significant contribution to peacebuilding.


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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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