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Decolonising Peace Education in Africa

Decolonising Education for Peace in Africa

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Decolonising Education for Peace Education in Africa for locally contextualised knowledge and values.

Research Aims

DEPA will widen access to quality peace education using a combination of multi-disciplinary, international collaboration and participatory design processes that will enable groups on either side of conflict to explore local knowledge and values of peace.

It will enable peace educators by developing context sensitive pedagogic content and design of delivery for use among people aged 16-35.

DEPA aims to enhance the role of education in building future peace by connecting and comparing findings from the different partners and country contexts and creating education resources that can be used in other countries by a diverse range of organisations from international agencies, governments, civil society and academia to support and complement peace education curricula.

In order to achieve the project’s overarching aims there are a series of linked objectives:


  • To build interdisciplinary research capacity at scale across a range of ODA recipient countries by producing high-quality research outputs, engagement events and teaching materials
  • 4 Proof of Concept projects will scope the validity of Arts and Humanities methodologies in societies facing conflict
  • To build on existing knowledge in partner countries
  • To foster knowledge exchange and develop partnerships.

Research design and data collection

Through processes of co-design and co-production we will:

  • Establish a network of researchers in Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, UK and Zimbabwe to refine a conceptual and methodological framework that explores the meanings and mechanisms of peace in different contexts
  • Undertake Proof of Concept projects in each of the partner countries using Arts and Humanities methods to learn from local peace practices
  • Develop teaching materials that can be used in peace education
  • Connect and compare these projects, methodologies and outcomes across partner countries
  • Draw lessons to improve understanding intersectionality of conflict across different contexts.

More detail can be found for each of the Proof of Concept projects by visiting the Country Teams pages.