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Peace education through storytelling: social reconciliation and intercultural dialogue among children in Southern Thailand

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Anjarwati, E, Peace education through storytelling: social reconciliation and intercultural dialogue among children in Southern Thailand, Papers presented at the International Conference on Children and Youth affected by Armed Conflict: Where to go from here, 25-27 September 2013, Speke Resort, Munyonyo, pp. 13-28. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

The study addresses the use of storytelling as a vehicle for the transformative learning of peace education aimed at promoting reconciliation and intercultural dialogue between children of Thai-Buddhists and Malay-Muslims in Southern Thailand. Senehi (2002) argues that storytelling is an instrument for socialisation and education that is the key to conflict resolution and peace building, to motivate people to undergo a self-transformation. Through interviews and focus group as well as art workshops with children of the conflicting parties, this case study demonstrates that peace education through storytelling can raise critical awareness about the system of government oppression and encourages intercultural dialogue with a child from the other group as a form of truth-telling contributing to the development of cultures of peace. Storytelling is, therefore, an apparatus for conflict transformation and an act of art leading toward social change through nonviolent means.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:storytelling, peace education, reconciliation, intercultural dialogue, Southern Thailand
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Other Cultural Understanding
Objective Field:Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Author:Anjarwati, E (Ms Erna Anjarwati)
ID Code:89888
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-03-18
Last Modified:2014-08-18
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