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Children, Education and Reconciliation

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  • Alan Smith

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This paper examines truth and reconciliation commissions that have made reference to a longer-term role for education in coming to terms with the past and contributing towards future reconciliation. The countries reviewed are Guatemala, Liberia, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Timor-Leste. Some have developed strategies for children's participation and made recommendations for inclusion in the formal school curriculum. However, recommendations regarding a role for education have usually been very general in nature, with little specification of what is expected of educators in practical terms and little follow-through by education authorities. The paper therefore identifies a number of challenges if education is to have a role in truth and reconciliation. It also identifies potential areas for educational development and recommendations for future actions.

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  • Alan Smith, 2010. "Children, Education and Reconciliation," Papers inwopa607, Innocenti Working Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa607
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    children in armed conflicts; education; juvenile justice; right of self-expression; right to care and protection; transitional justice;

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    • K19 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Other

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