Initial research for UNICEF led UNESCO Centre in the School of Education at Ulster to challenge the UN’s approach to ‘liberal peacebuilding’, which prioritises investment in security, democratisation and economic reforms, but under- estimates the importance of social services, including the provision of education.
The research made a case for earlier and greater investment in education as part of conflict transformation in terms of its contribution to:
- the protection of children and creation of safe learning spaces;
- changes to the governance and administration of education that support peacebuilding; and
- education reforms that address inequalities and grievances such as inequitable access to education, language of instruction policies and exclusion of minorities and disadvantaged groups.