This brown-bag lunch series is a collaboration with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the NYU School of Law, the Office for International Programs at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the Master’s Program in Global Public Health.
It examines new research, creative policy approaches, and recent innovations in addressing security and development challenges in conflict and post-conflict
Location: NYU Wagner at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor
Community-based Schools in Afghanistan:
Preventing Violence Against Education and Protecting the Right to Learn
Dana Burde, assistant professor of international education at NYU Steinhardt; affiliated faculty, NYU Wagner; affiliated research scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University
In Afghanistan, anti-government forces including the Taliban, their allies, and local warlords launch attacks against schools, students, teachers, and administrators. As a result, teachers and students have been killed, and schools have been forced to close. Girls are
intimidated, and in Zabul, Uruzgan, and Paktika Provinces the number of girls attending middle school has dropped to less than one percent. In many conflicts, attacking schools is a way for a disenfranchised or belligerent group to register its complaints against a government. Burde reviews violence against education and shows how a particular intervention—community-based schools—may prevent further attacks.