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Educ. Sci. 2019, 9(1), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci9010011

Incremental Transformations: Education for Resiliency in Post-War Sri Lanka

Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, 145 Jean-Jacques-Lussier Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
Received: 5 December 2018 / Revised: 22 December 2018 / Accepted: 24 December 2018 / Published: 8 January 2019
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There is growing evidence to support the relationship between levels of gender inequality in a society and its potential for conflict. Positive attitudes to gender equality in and through education strengthen social cohesion; consequently, there is a need for gender-transformative education for peacebuilding. Drawing on the 4Rs (representation, redistribution, recognition, and reconciliation) framework in conjunction with the idea of incremental transformation with a focus on resilience, this study examines how eleven ethnic minority high school girls from Sri Lanka understand the transformative role of education in their lives as it relates to peace and gender equality. Education was a source of hope for the participants of this study and thus contributed to their resilience. However, rather than fostering and capitalizing on this resilience to build social cohesion and peace, education and the school systems are silencing them. This silencing is evident in the acceptance and normalization of militarization in their communities, daily experiences of gender-based violence (GBV), and the message, through the formal and informal curriculum, that gender equality has been achieved in Sri Lanka. View Full-Text
Keywords: education; conflict; transformation; gender equality; Sri Lanka; post-conflict; peace education; conflict education education; conflict; transformation; gender equality; Sri Lanka; post-conflict; peace education; conflict education
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