Conflict, Peace, and Education

Education is often regarded in both scholarship and practice as a crucial tool for building peace in conflict-affected contexts. Yet, the impact of schooling and other educational programs on peace remain largely untested. In fact, my first book, From Classrooms to Conflict in Rwanda, makes the case that there are a number of ways in which schools can and do contribute to laying the foundation for intergroup conflict. Building on this understanding of the complex relationship between education, conflict, and peace, I work on a number of projects to assess educational efforts targeted at peace around the world, with such partners as UNICEF East Africa and the MasterCard Foundation. I am always happy to meet new partners and collaborators.