Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan

Hardcover | October 21, 2014

byDana Burde

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Foreign-backed funding for education does not always stabilize a country and enhance its statebuilding efforts. Dana Burde shows how aid to education in Afghanistan bolstered conflict both deliberately in the 1980s through violence-infused, anti-Soviet curricula and inadvertently in the 2000s through misguided stabilization programs. She also reveals how dominant humanitarian models that determine what counts as appropriate aid have limited attention and resources toward education, in some cases fueling programs that undermine their goals.

For education to promote peace in Afghanistan, Burde argues we must expand equal access to quality community-based education and support programs that increase girls' and boys' attendance at school. Referring to a recent U.S. effort that has produced strong results in these areas, Burde commends the program's efficient administration and good quality, and its neutral curriculum, which can reduce conflict and build peace in lasting ways. Drawing on up-to-date research on humanitarian education work amid conflict zones around the world and incorporating insights gleaned from extensive fieldwork in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Burde recalculates and improves a popular formula for peace.

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Foreign-backed funding for education does not always stabilize a country and enhance its statebuilding efforts. Dana Burde shows how aid to education in Afghanistan bolstered conflict both deliberately in the 1980s through violence-infused, anti-Soviet curricula and inadvertently in the 2000s through misguided stabilization programs. ...

Dana Burde is an assistant professor of international education at New York University's Steinhardt School and holds affiliations with the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Her research examines the effects of war on education and how to miti...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231169280

ISBN - 13:9780231169288

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AcknowledgmentsTime Line: Education in Modern Afghan History1. Introduction2. Humanitarian Action and the Neglect of Education3. Jihad Literacy4. Education for Stability5. Education for the World6. Conclusion: Education as HopeNotesReferencesIndex

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[Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan] provides an excellent overview and diverse analysis of the historical emergence of, and currently existing relationship between, education, peace and conflict within and beyond Afghanistan.