A Theoretical Framework for Analyzing the Contribution of Education to Sustainable Peacebuilding
4Rs in Conflict‐Affected Contexts
This paper presents the theoretical and analytic framework for a Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding supported by UNICEF's Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) programme which began in July 2014 led by the Universities of Amsterdam, Sussex and Ulster. The consortium seeks to build knowledge on the relationship between education and peacebuilding in conflict‐affected contexts.
This Working Paper begins by synthesizing findings from earlier work that challenged the contemporary and dominant ‘security‐first' and 'Liberal Peace' model of peacebuilding. In the second part of the paper, we lay out our emergent analytical framework, which we will draw upon to critically analyze education policy and programmes and provide a framework for visualizing what a sustainable peacebuilding and education system might look like. This ‘4R' framework combines dimensions of Recognition, Redistribution, Representation and Reconciliation.