Rebuilding, Healing and Transforming: Innovative Approaches and Promising Strategies for Children Affected by War
McBrien, Jody Lynn
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The discussion in this paper is drawn from a research program conducted in Lira and Gulu – two districts in northern Uganda that have experienced in excess of 20 years of civil war. Researchers from Uganda, Canada and the United States explored the educational and psychosocial needs of youth who are living in post-conflict situations through the use of interviews with secondary teachers, students, parents, community members, and district education leaders. The findings provide insight into how the various ecological systems support the personal, social and academic development of youth who are living in post conflict contexts. We identify some innovative approaches for uncovering the unique gifts and talents of children who are affected by conflict and war. Several school-based approaches and creative strategies are proffered as a means to facilitate healing and personal transformation.
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