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Peace education in formal schools of West Africa: an implementation guide
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Accra | 2012 | 60p
ISBN 978-9988-1-7712-6
Corporate author: 
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)

This guide, first and foremost, seeks to bring hope and provide opportunity for practitioners to use tried and tested techniques to develop capacities of young people to build requisite knowledge and skills to become credible and responsible leaders. It provides both a conceptual and practical framework of peace education and confirms the potential benefits of Peace Education, particularly in the formal sector. It has been developed based on the extensive experience of WANEP’s Peace Education programme across West Africa and this experience has been outlined in great detail throughout the manual. The guide lays emphasis on entry points for developing and initiating Peace Education programmes in schools and provides practical tools for engaging various stakeholders and the wide range of potential roles they can play. In terms of the content of a peace education programme, guidelines are provided on developing a comprehensive programme that integrates effectively key concepts such as Gender and Human Rights. Critical issues of sustainability, resource mobilisation and monitoring and evaluation are covered using practical case studies based on the WANEP experience. The concluding chapter is devoted to addressing some Frequently Asked Questions. This laudable initiative and recommend this guide for adoption by West African states and institutions especially the educational sector as a tool for inculcating a culture of peace and nonviolence amongst children.

The guide is divided into six chapters.

Chapter 1 consists of introduction and the conceptual definition of basic philosophy that influenced the peace education program of WANEP. It also examines the role of peace education on the psycho social behaviour of youths in West Africa.
Chapter 2 highlights WANEP’s guiding principles to the development of its peace education in the sub region and also the basic steps it took to implement its program in the seven (7) pilot states.
Chapter 3 looks at how to mobilise resources to sustain the peace education program especially within the context of West Africa.
Chapter 4 highlights the challenges that WANEP encountered in implementing the program.
Chapter 5 emphasises the importance of monitoring and evaluation for impact and success of a peace education program.
Chapter 6 deals with frequently asked questions by interested stakeholders.

Resource Type: 
Toolkits and practical guides
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Human rights / Human dignity
International understanding / Globalisation / International education / Interdependency
Peace / Culture of peace
Social justice / Equity
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental


peace education; educational programmes; West Africa; formal education; guides; youth