Research partners meet to discuss preliminary research findings on the role of teachers in peace building

In line with the ongoing Research Project on the Role of Teachers in Peace Building, Twenty Research partners met in their Critical Reference Group (CRG) to update among themselves the progress of the research and share preliminary findings of the study. CRG brought together experts, policymakers and academics in the field of education, peace-building and social cohesion.

In his opening remarks, Prof. Eugene Ndabaga, the Research Leader expressed his gratitude to CRG members for their commitment towards the success of study. He also urged participants to come up with comments with a view to enrich the study in the progress. The workshop emphasized on the need for building teacher capacity to address issues pertaining to social cohesion, for more sustainable peacebuilding in Rwanda.

Participants in the workshop reflected on the objectives of the project which are among others to enhance national and global policy dialogue and understanding about teachers as agents of peacebuilding. The project also seek to critically examine the role of teachers and teaching in supporting education for peacebuilding.

The project is jointly conducted by members from different Universities including the University of Sussex, the University of Bristol, the University of Rwanda and Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The research intends to reach out to academics and education stakeholders in Rwanda and South Africa and explore how teachers are framed and supported in their role as peace builders.

The research is funded by the ESRC/DfID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation and links with a wider five-country research consortium on education and peace building, which in addition to Rwanda and South Africa looks at Myanmar, Uganda and Pakistan in the areas of teachers and educational policy. The project is dubbed “Engaging Teachers in Peace-Building in Post-Conflict Contexts in Rwanda: South Africa”

Story by Darius Murangwa
Public Relations & Communication Officer