A holistic approach to peace education: experiences of Putumayo, Colombia

Paez, Y (2023) 'A holistic approach to peace education: experiences of Putumayo, Colombia.' In: Carter, C and Dhungana, R.K, eds. Educating for peace through countering violence: strategies in curriculum and instruction. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 220-237. ISBN 9781032464046

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After Colombia signed a peace accord in 2016 with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to end a five-decade-long conflict, there has been an increase of school initiatives for instruction with peace-related contents, such as Cátedra para la Paz. This chapter describes informal as well as formal education in the zones of conflict that have contributed to understanding the potential of peacebuilding curriculum and instruction. The local library, the school, and women’s organizations in Putumayo, Colombia are examples of how peace has been mobilized, rehearsed, and worked at with members of the community that provide holistic education. Such practices consolidate forms of emancipatory and non-violent action, empowering communities. Education agents have contributed positively to relational practices that embrace diversity and call for action to break cycles of violence, silence, and helplessness, which is the focus of this chapter. A hybrid work with social movements, state organizations, programs, NGOs, and other groups have nurtured the action and reflection of some schools, the local library, and women’s groups, bringing about strategies such as radio, theatre, reading activities in public spaces, intergenerational educational activities with indigenous communities, networks with cultural groups, creating opportunities for peace to be diversely conceptualized, (re)imagined, and enacted.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Divisions: School of Education
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2023 15:49
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 11:31
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