The generation that will inherit Syria: Education as citizen aid and political opportunity

In this article for Third World Quarterly, Kjetil Selvik (Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, NUPI) and Tamar Groves (University of Extremadura) examine activists who organised informal schooling for children amid the war in Syria.

Building on life story interviews, the authors highlight the “versatility of initiatives in the field of education for citizens who simultaneously engage in humanitarian action and mobilise for political change” and find that “opening schools was a technical and pragmatic solution to the educational disaster caused by war … at the same time, it was motivated by a long lasting desire to free Syria from its political plight and to offer an alternative.”

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