The Role of Education in Peacebuilding

This research sought to understand the role of education in peace-building in post-conflict states. The research was commissioned by UNICEF as part of the Education and Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition (EEPCT) programme – a partnership between UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands and the European Commission. The study consisted of two phases: Firstly, a literature review of education’s role in peace-building. Secondly, the completion of three country case studies (Lebanon, Nepal and Sierra Leone), with a particular emphasis on the work of UNICEF. Rather than selecting cases for similarities, we sought to select for variety, drawing out the wide disparities between cases to enable a sense of the types of education programming taking place in very different conflict environments.

Resource Info

Resource Type

Case Study


Published by

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Authored by

Mario Novelli, Alan Smith, Tony Vaux, Zeena Zakharia, Ed.D., Erin McCandless, Julia Paulson, Wendy Wheaton


Education and Fragility

Geographic Focus

Sierra Leone