Netherlands, Groningen

Youth, education and work in (post-)conflict areas

when 20 July 2018 - 30 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 350

At first sight, the small town of Gulu in northern Uganda is a lively meeting place bustling with activities. There is a huge market, an expanding university and one can get a good cup of coffee. The summer school gives participants the chance to get a deeper understanding of the area which was once the battle ground of the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army. Young people who were abducted or threatened to be abducted by this army are now struggling to find their way in education and work, also contributing to the development of their community.

The summer school will be oriented by academics from the region and from other (post-)conflict areas. Participants will conduct fieldwork together with Ugandan students. The programme includes the sharing of research results on youth initiatives, field visits, and data collection in and around Gulu town. This will give participants an opportunity to engage with the youth, their dreams and difficulties, but also their resilience and strength in an area where conflict has never been far away.

Course leader

Prof. Jacques Zeelen (UNESCO Chair Gulu University and Globalisation Studies Groningen)
Prof. George Openjuru (Gulu University)
William Amone (Gulu University)
Dr. Josje van der Linden (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groninge

Target group

Researchers, policy makers, practitioners, undergraduate, graduate and PhD students.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:
- Describe the characteristics of a (post-)conflict area regarding youth, education and work
- Conduct fieldwork, discuss and present findings on the situation in Gulu district

Fee info

EUR 350: Fees include local transport