The project will, over the course of four years, explore knowledges and values underpinning peace and consider how these can be connected and compared across countries. A key aspect will be the provision of new data based on Arts and Humanities methodologies on how peace is understood within displaced and marginalised communities.
The project aims to explore how African knowledges and beliefs can decolonise pedagogies around how peace is taught and incorporated into education in Africa. Taking a deliberate emancipatory approach; researchers, community workers and communities that have experienced conflict will connect to produce state of the art knowledge.
Key to the first phase of the project is connecting across the African partner countries. Four Proof of Concept projects will be run in Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe where local project teams will work in a diverse range of contexts and with a range of groups from Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps to refugee settlements, faith-based groups and communities in all four countries. All the research, networking and knowledge exchange across these Proof of Concept projects is to inform the second stage of the project, which will see the commissioning of additional research projects.