International Conference on International Relations and Development

Professor Tejendra Pherali presenting at workshop

Professor Tejendra Pherali presenting at the 7th International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD), on 22nd-23rd July 2022

The Peace with Justice Network members organised two panel presentations at the 7th International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD) at UniServ Chiang Mai University, Thailand on 22nd-23rd July 2022.

Panel 1: Struggles of different ethnic education departments
Panel 2: Promoting peace and social justice in unstable multicultural settings

Dr Tejendra Pherali presented a theoretical framework relevant to analyse the multidimensional interactions between education, conflict and peace. His framework on education as victim-perpetrator-liberator-peacebuilder in conflict contexts was utilised by researchers from Myanmar ethnic education systems and Southern Thailand to highlight how education was a contested domain rather than a mere victim during conflict and protracted crisis. This was followed by the following eight presentations:

Pressures to maintain peace, wellbeing and learning of learners in Kachin ethnic areas of Myanmar during the COVID-19 pandemic and military coup
Labang Roi San, Kachin Education Department

The impact of the coup on Karenni education provision in Myanmar
Maw Mimar, Karenni Education Department

Grappling with the lack of accreditation and low resources amid growing demands of education in Karen state
Hayso, Karen Education and Culture Department

Education during emergencies: Maintaining the provision of education during forced displacement in Shan state
Nang Mwe Khur, Shan Education Department

Civil society organizations and peace education in Southern Thailand: tensions amidst multi-directional interactions between education and conflict
Thammasat Sotthibandhu, Prince Songkla University, Thailand

All that glitters is not gold: The illusion of education for peace and multiculturalism in southern Thailand’s basic education
Chawin Pongpajon, Chulalongkorn University/ University College London

Peace and conflict skills for Mon students: MNEC’s MTBMLE curricular responses to promote peace, harmony and social justice in Myanmar
Thein Naing, Education Consultant, Mon National Education Committee

The role of grassroot education organisations (CSOs) in ensuring right to education during emergencies
Hawng Tsai (Ah Sai), Thinking Classroom Foundation

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A two-day workshop on promoting peace through education in conflict- affected regions of Thailand and Myanmar was conducted on 19-20 March, 2022 at Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.  With the support from UCL Global Engagement, University College London and led by Dr Tejendra Pherali, Professor Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, Director of the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) , Chiang Mai University and Hawng Tsai, Thinking Classroom Foundation are partners in this project.