As a GCRF-funded Network Plus project, the Decolonising Education for Peace in Africa project is, through a multi-faceted approach, developing a network of projects, educators, researchers policymakers, NGO’s and other stakeholders.
The project aims to have direct long-term impact by providing the first set of research and teaching materials which are produced through a South-North partnership to alter research and teaching in peace education from a global South perspective. Researchers will have a lasting resource as the data will be archived for free, easy re-use.
We are facilitating the development of a network of peace educators, through the provision of teacher training and the development of educational resources.
The first strand of the project has seen African Country partners in Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe working with their UK partners to deliver Proof of Concept projects. Building on work in the Contextualising Peace Education project (AHRC-funded Development Award), the projects have worked within local communities to identify location-specific meanings of peace by using arts and humanities research methods.
Each Proof of Concept project has involved collaboration between an African and UK partner.
As a Network Plus project, the DEPA project aims to create a network of partnerships across Africa between academics, NGOs and practitioners to address the question, what are the different knowledges and values underpinning peace and how can these practices be connected and compared to create curriculum content in order to decolonise peace education.
In Autumn 2021, the DEPA Project expanded to include 4 new projects, expanding the Network to Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sierra Leone.
To expand on the approaches and findings of the Proof of Concept and Phase 2 projects, the DEPA project has commissioned a new set of projects. These new projects have seen the network expand into Algeria, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique.