The CR&DALL project, Educational Peacebuilding in Medellin and Acapulco: Understanding the role of education, culture and learning in responding to crises, is formally launched with an online event on 3 September 2020, and has produced its first Briefing Paper (featured below and attached)”.
The project seeks to create a detailed understanding of the infrastructure, engagement, resources and policies required to educationally transform a community in order to contribute to reducing the negative impacts of drug-related violence and crime.
It aims to investigate the circumstances, policies and practices through which Medellin (Colombia) was able to develop and implement an inclusive, lifelong, learning strategy that contributed to the successful reduction in drug-related violence and crime and, through participative methods, to transfer that learning to Acapulco (Mexico).
It is is funded within by the British Academy under its Education and Learning in Crisis programme through the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy via the Global Challenges Research Fund from March 2020 to December 2021.
I’m excited about the launch of this project because the research will bring together knowledge and expertise from a range of participants and stakeholders in Medellin and initiate a dialogue for transferring these experiences to Acapulco. I look forward to strengthening the close connections between Glasgow and partners in Colombia and Mexico that will contribute towards understanding the role of education and culture in peacebuilding.
Evelyn Arizpe, Project PI, University of Glasgow