Education Programs in Post-Conflict Environments: a Review from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and South Africa

Keywords: Education, post-conflict, narrative, programs, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Africa


Education should be considered as one of the mechanisms for governments and nations to succeed in a post-conflict process. The purpose of this Review Article is twofold: to explain the importance of education in a post-conflict setting, and to describe a few strategies that post-conflict societies have implemented. In terms of research design, a multiple case study approach has been implemented. The paper reviews a unique topic with specific reference to education plans implemented in post-conflict societies such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. Each of them has experienced violent conflicts and has used education as a tool to succeed in their post-conflict process. In sum, there are several educational programs that involve children, young people, survivors, parents, teachers, and local communities as well as curriculums focused on teaching of cultural values and technical skills to improve the quality of life in a post-conflict setting. 


Author Biographies

Hernando Barrios-Tao, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada

Ph. D. Humanities Sciences. Professor at Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogotá (Colombia). He was Dean of Faculty Education and Humanities at Universidad Militar Nueva Granada. Author of articles and books related to his research interest: education, narrative, bioethics, humanities.

José María Siciliani-Barraza, Universidad de La Salle

Ph. D. Social Sciences. Professor at Universidad de la Salle, Bogotá (Colombia); Research Assistant, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogotá (Colombia). Director of the ”PhD in Humanities. Humanism and Person” at Universidad de San Buenaventura, Bogotá (Colombia). Author of articles and books related to his research interest: narrative.

Bibiana Bonilla-Barrios, Universidad del Rosario

LLM International and European Public Law. Research Assistant, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogotá (Colombia). Assistant Professor, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá (Colombia).


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Barrios-Tao, H., Siciliani-Barraza, J., & Bonilla-Barrios, B. (2017). Education Programs in Post-Conflict Environments: a Review from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. Revista Electrónica Educare, 21(1), 1-22.
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