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will take place will need even more ... trained people in peacebuilding'. We are left with some central questions: How is Peacebuilding Education best !lllderstood? Who's interests does Peacebuilding serve? Who is it for? How should it be implemented in various circumstances? Where is knowledge about peacebuilding located? Who is best positioned to do the teaching? Who does the learning? We believe that the conversation which emerges from attempts to answer these difficult questions become the primary· focus for moving forward in addressing how the centers can improve peace building components within their own programs and explore future collaboration. - 25 -
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However, we would like to put forward a number of concrete recommendations tbat may provide a basis for extending collaboration between the Rotary Centers and indeed between Rotary and tbe Centers: I. Find ways to fund ongoing research collaboration between the centers on peacebuilding issues. 2. Institutionalize an annual conference on peacebuilding or aspects of peace building. 3. Encourage interested Rotary Fellows to focus some of their research on peacebuilding and/or to assist senior academics in peacebuilding research. 4. Explore ways tbe Rotary Centers can strengthen and help facilitate trans-national communities of affinity and interest around peacebuilding, and real and virtual Diasporas of people interested in peacebuilding education. This might include incorporating representatives of such groups in any future conference on peacebuilding. It might also include a project to map these various communities and promote greater connectivity between tbem via the web. 5. A number of these initiatives imply the need for funding that would be additional to that already provided to tbe Centers from Rotary. Whether this is a realistic proposition is a question that only the Rotary will be able to answer. However, a more viable approach might be for Rotary to use its existing funding, or small increases in current funding, as a means to leverage in additional funds from other organizations (the Soros Foundation, Leverhulme, Macarthur etc) or even governments. Concluding Comments In this paper we briefly looked at some of the practical ways in which tbe Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University currently undertakes education for and on, peacebuilding. It was also noted tbat, in this, the largest department of its kind, we see a spectrum of views on peace building and a divergence between Research Centers on what peacebuilding is and should be. This echoes tbe broader divergences amongst botb academics and practitioners over the best way to undertake peacebuilding efforts. In the hope of briefly mapping the territory, we then went on to look at a few viewpoints and conceptions of peace building.
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  • Spring '19
  • Madam Masila
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Department of Peace Studies and Education for Peacebuilding, solidarism

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