When the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States occurred—causing that nation to wage wars of revenge in Afghanistan and Iraq—the people of Burundi were recovering from nearly forty years of violence, genocide and civil wars that had killed nearly one million and produced another million refugees. Here in this small East African nation, one of the four poorest nations on earth, however, was a desire for reconciliation—not revenge—and it still runs deep today.
The University of Ngozi in northern Burundi was created in 1999 and is now dedicated to peace, reconciliation and sustainable development. People in this region tell remarkable stories of tragedy and recovery amid these horrors. Their stories can inspire others to preserve their humanity and resist the urge to continue the violence, focusing instead on forgiveness, reconciliation and a better way forward. This volume presents case study analysis while pointing to the promise of a new kind of education that is committed to sustainable peace and development. The lessons here for the rest of the world are deep and inspiring.
Introduction: Living and Schooling in Burundi: A Hutu Woman’s Journey and Hope for Peace Elavie Ndura 1. Conflicts, Recovery and Building a Culture of Peace 2. Waging War against War 3. Sustainable Peace and Development 4. Good Men and Women Will Step Forward 5. The Skills We Need 6. Critical and Creative Thinking about Peace 7. Emotions and Peace 8. Quick to Forgive and Resolved to Move Forward 9. Government and the Public Good 10. Heal the Warriors, Heal the Land, Heal Then Nation 11. Every Class, School and Campus 12. Understand the Past and How Conflicts Can Be Resolved 13. Teach About Sustainable Peace and Development Conclusion
This is a series that offers a global platform to engage scholars in continuous academic debate on key challenges and the latest thinking on issues in the fast growing field of International and Comparative Education.