Education as a tool for reconciliation — Armenian-Azerbaijani School for Peace

At a time when missiles are being launched and the fighting ensues between Armenian and Azerbaijani defence forces, I draw on the lessons from a Jewish-Arab school for peace to envision what co-existence might look like once both communities come together and start to live in peace, if and when that happens. Integrated schools with Armenian-Azerbaijani students should be at the heart of future peace and reconciliation efforts.

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“[..] to be the setting for a school for peace … people would come here from all over the country to meet those from whom they were estranged, wanting to break down the barriers of fear, mistrust, ignorance, misunderstanding, preconceived ideas — all things that separate us — and to build bridges of trust, respect, mutual understanding, and, if possible, friendship.” (Hussar, 1989, 103)

Figure 1. How do we get from A (conflict) to B (peace)? A → B social mechanism (Source: Author).

“Buildings may have been burned, but our longing for peace and brotherhood is alive and well and we will continue our journey.” (Salaime, 2020)

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