The Role of Education in Peacebulding Country Report: Uganda

Education in Uganda was initially seen as a means to economic and social development. More recently, policies have started to address peacebuilding education. The current national curriculum incorporates aspects of peacebuilding to some extent. Peacebuilding is approached as a pedagogical tool for conflict prevention, but not as a means of coming to terms with a conflict-shattered past. Non-formal education initiatives have proven to be more conflict-sensitive. The rise of private schools is potentially widening the gap in access to quality education in Uganda. Questions on the role of the state in overseeing and monitoring private education institutions can no longer be avoided. As recognized by MOESTS, teachers have a key role in fostering peace but maximizing this potential is constrained by the resource shortages, structural inefficiencies and lack of coordination between stakeholders. Educational infrastructures for youth have improved. However, these efforts have not necessarily increased the political and economic agency of youth.

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Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding

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Simone Datzberger, Alan McCully, Alan Smith


Education for Peacebuilding

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