This briefing paper highlights some of the more specific policies for the city of Medellin (Colombia) from 2004 to 2019, which contributed to reducing the rates of violence by focusing on developing community cohesion while tackling both crime and inequality. It contributes to the overall research project which seeks to create a detailed understanding of the infrastructure, engagement, resources and policies required to educationally transform a community and move towards peacebuilding.
By investigating the circumstances, policies and practices through which Medellin was able to develop and implement an inclusive, lifelong, learning strategy, and using participative methods, the project aims to transfer that learning to the city of Acapulco (Mexico).
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 produced its first Briefing Paper in October, 2020.
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.
Evelyn Arizpe, Project PI, University of Glasgow
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