Evidence on Schools and Peacebuilding in Post-conflict Developing Societies—School Governance, Management and Ethos

  • Clive HarberEmail author


This chapter begins to review the research evidence on the role of schooling in peacebuilding in post-conflict, developing societies starting with school management. The chapter is organised geographically, examining evidence from a range of countries in Africa, before looking specifically at South Africa, then a range of countries in Asia before ending with a section on Guatemala. The chapter concludes that, in terms of the governance and management of schools in post-conflict developing societies, the evidence would strongly suggest that democratic reform for peace exists more at the policy level than in reality in everyday school management. Evidence suggests, with the exception of some individual schools, a bigger picture showing the persistence of top-down, centralised and authoritarian structures with participants—especially learners themselves—having only a very limited say in school decision-making, if at all.


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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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