n Conflict Trends - Strategies for peace education integration in ECOWAS member states' tertiary school curricula

Volume 2008, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Much has been invested by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU), United Nations (UN) and other members of the international community in making, keeping and building peace in the West African subregion since the early 1990s. The outcomes of all these interventions are encouraging. Whilst they may not have been able to stand the test of time, institutions of higher learning in West Africa have started to offer degrees in peace and security studies in an attempt to increase the number of professional peace workers in the subregion. Up until now, more than 90% of the indigenous peace workers were trained in workshops organised by the international agencies doing peace work in the region. The knowledge provided to the trainees was limited in scope, having been dictated by the fixed mandate of the organisations that provided the training.

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