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Education Conflict and Peace in Colombia: international seminar and workshop

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This two-day international seminar and workshop explores education as a critical but overlooked aspect of the Colombian peace process. Experts and participants will engage with the question, “How can the education sector contribute to sustainable and long-lasting peace in post-agreement Colombia?” Policymakers, researchers, educators and activists will have the opportunity to reflect critically together on the relationship between education policies, practices, and conflict drivers in Colombia and comparable contexts. They will also engage collaboratively in the identification of conflict-sensitive strategies for aligning education reform and the processes of conflict transformation and sustainable peacebuilding in Colombia. Programme:

Day 1 comprises an expert panel discussion on interactions between education, armed conflict, and peace. Given the nature of the Colombian conflict, special focus will be on comparative case studies from Latin America which share the characteristics of asymmetrical armed conflict involving guerrilla and government forces, terrorism, narcotics production and trafficking, economic inequality, mass displacement, and Demobilization, Demilitarization and Rehabilitation (DDR) programming. The focus will not be on conflicts of religion and ethnicity which have less relevance to the Colombian case.

Day 2 will offer a workshop for participants with special interest in and knowledge of the Colombian context and education sector. The session will be divided into three parts: 1) introduction to the INEE toolkit for conflict-sensitive educational planning and provision; 2) a participatory conflict-mapping exercise of the Colombian education sector; 3) a participatory policy development and advocacy planning exercise for peacebuilding through education in Colombia. Event Details and Registration:

See website: http://ecpccambridge.wix.com/conference

Email: ecpc.cambridge@gmail.com

This talk is part of the Education, Equality and Development (EED) Group Seminars series.

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