Children's right to quality education is under threat due to violent conflicts, natural disasters and growing social and economic inequalities in low and middle income countries.
Coordinator: Dr Tejendra Pherali
Education policies and programming that are designed to address concerns about access to educational resources, distribution and pedagogical approaches often fail to address complex political, security and economic challenges that are faced by learners in emergency situations.
Our work focuses on three main areas
- Research programmes
We have a growing portfolio of research that focuses on the intersections between:
- educational inequalities and violence/ conflict
- protecting education from attacks
- education in emergencies and refugee contexts or forced migration
- and the role of education in peace building and state building.
- Imagining Somaliland: An investigation into the relationship between nation-building, citizenship and education in a contested space, written from a peacebuilding perspective - Dr Alexandra Lewis (PI) and Dr Idil Osman (Co-Investigator), SOAS.
- Higher education in conflict resolution and peacebuilding in Somaliland - Tejendra Pherali (PI), Alexandra Lewis (Researcher) and Nasir M. Ali (Researcher, IPCS, University of Hargeisa)
- An exploratory study into the influence of ISIS on education in Afghanistan - Tejendra Pherali (PI), Arif Sahar (Researcher)
- UCL's ESRC-funded RELIEF Centre (Refugees, Education, Learning, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship for the Future) - Tejendra Pherali and Elaine Chase (Co-Is)
- Violent young offending in Yemen and other fragile states - Alexandra Lewis (PI)
- A political economy analysis of education in Afghanistan - Arif Sahar (Doctoral candidate)
- Power analysis in evidence-based decisions: Why and how are children in cross-line areas excluded from humanitarian education response in Syria? - Tomoya Sonoda (Doctoral Candidate)
- Non-formal education in conflict-affected environments: A case of Afghanistan - Sue Wiebe (Doctoral Candidate)
- An examination of refugee education policies and practices in Europe: Honouring commitments of Incheon - Laetitia Lemaistre (Doctoral Candidate)
- Critical Peace Education for Refugee Youth: An Investigation of Empowerment Education for Syrian Refugee Youth in Jordan (ESRC-funded) - Arran Magee (Doctoral Candidate)
- Teaching programmes
We offer a Master's level module on 'Education, Conflict and Fragility' which critically examines complex interactions between education, armed conflict and state fragility:
- Education, Conflict and Fragility module in the Education and International Development MA
It examines the role of education in the formation and prevention of socio-political tensions in low and middle-income countries and provides students an opportunity to debate key political and sociological theories in the field of education and conflict studies.
Our teaching is informed by current debates in the field and centre's research programmes mentioned above.
- Civic engagement and knowledge dissemination
The centre organises public seminars on Education in Conflict and Emergencies and hosts the Network for Research in Education, Conflict and Emergencies:
The centre is also home to Education and Conflict Review (a newly established journal), scholarly publications focusing on theoretical and empirical knowledge in the field, and promotes collaborations with academic institutions in low and middle income countries (including conflict-affected zones such as, Nepal, Cambodia, Lebanon and Somaliland).
In a conversation with the UCL Grand Challenges team, Dr Tejendra Pherali explores the barriers and difficulties of access to education for migrants and refugees, and in particular Syrian refugees in Lebanese settlements.
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