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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 16 in former war-torn countries through Peace Education

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Maneesha S. Wanasinghe-Pasqual

University of Colombo, LK
About Maneesha S.
Senior Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Arts
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Abstract

Sustainable Development Goal (SGD) 4 targets education whilst 16 focuses on the promotion of “peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” (www.sdgs.un.org). Within these two goals are numerous targets (www.undp.org). This paper asserts the inherent link between SDG 16 and SDG 4, which targets to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” (www.sdg4education2030.org/the-goal) can be enhanced by the lens afforded by Peace Education which is interlinked with approaches described through Peacebuilding. Indeed, this paper argues that at the nexus between Peace Education and Peacebuilding, SDGs 4 and 16 can be achieved even in post-war societies. This can be achieved, according to the findings of this research, only if Peace Education: (a) becomes the 4th ‘R’ in formal education and is afforded the same significant role as the three-‘R’s of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic; (b) stresses on behavioural change as the main aim of the Peace Education program; and (c) understand that Peace Education is the ‘social process through which peace … is achieved’ (Brock-Utne 2000, 134) and therefore can assist in success of SDG 4 and 16.
How to Cite: Wanasinghe-Pasqual, M. S. (2020). Achieving Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 16 in former war-torn countries through Peace Education. Colombo Journal of Multi-disciplinary Research, 5(1-2), 121–148. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjmr.v5i1-2.57
Published on 28 Dec 2020.
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