Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 6 Number 1 (May 2018)

Table of Contents

Special Issue: Transforming Violence into Peace through Education

Peace Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Needs, Responses, and Constraints

Vaughn M. John pp. 55-74
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Twenty-four years into democracy, South Africa remains a country searching for peace. High levels of interpersonal, gender-based, and political violence together with structural violence continue to plague the country. Schools are sites of regular violent conflict, mirroring problems in the wider community. Despite this, peace education has not received priority attention. This article discusses a context of endemic violence in South Africa and links this to its history. This prompts discussions of the need for peace education and the range of interventions that have occurred. Specific examples of peace education programs are offered to illustrate their content, philosophy, and pedagogy. A critique of such interventions is provided. Explorations of constraints and potential enablers of peace education in an expanded society-wide program conclude the article.
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