Helping Children Outgrow War
Miller, V. W., & Affolter, F. W. (2002). Helping children outgrow war. USAID.
Helping children outgrow war is an overarching goal of educational reconstruction in post-conflict settings. Given the diversity and complexity of such settings, responses must be both highly adaptive and informed by insights gained from interventions elsewhere. This guidebook offers several examples of successful interventions in post-conflict settings internationally, situating them within a framework that emphasizes the ecology of children’s well-being and learning.
Helping children outgrow war involves helping communities heal from violence and determine their own paths of development. Successful interventions can enable teachers, parents, and community leaders to engage safely with traumatic events, to articulate their aspirations, and to build trust across multiple levels of society as the infrastructure of a culture of peace.
Post-conflict educational reconstruction is a demanding field. While offering principles for program design, this guidebook is also intended to provide inspiration for the work, illustrating the depth of human resilience and the real possibility of rebuilding relationships in the aftermath of violent social conflict.
These cases are small chapters in a much larger story. Gathered here are just a few of the many ways that communities learn to hope and children learn to outgrow war.