This webinar will engage peace educators to focus on their own personal and professional journeys towards peace and peacebuilding. Through reflecting on key moments of alignment and difficulty in our peace education journeys, the aim will be to identify ways to strengthen and focus our peacebuilding work with students. The webinar will integrate the models of the Hero’s Journey (Campbell, 1949), transformative learning (Mezirow, 1978), teacher identity and agency, reflexive and dialogic practice, and potentially, the use of personal memory and narrative for intergenerational peacebuilding in the classroom.
Dr. Sara Clarke-Habibi is the Georg Arnhold 2021 Senior Fellow on Education for Sustainable Peace at the Georg Eckert Institute in Germany. She also works as an education consultant and trainer for the United Nations in the Western Balkans. Her academic research and teaching focus on educational intersections with violent conflict, displacement, transitional justice, historical trauma and social healing, post-conflict reconstruction and intergroup reconciliation. She is particularly interested in how these issues affect the development of educational policy, curricula and textbooks; teacher identity, practice and agency; formal and nonformal educational interventions in transitional societies; memory and intergenerational relations in educational settings; and strategies for empowering youth as critical peace actors. She earned a PhD (2017) and MPhil (2012) in Education at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and Fellow of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.