The Millenium Development Goal on ensuring that universal education has been achieved by
2015 was not met and then came Sustainable Development Goal 4 which recognizes that this gap must be closed. The world would be a better place if all children had a fair chance at education. The key to development and the foundation of our future is quality education for all.
In conflict situations the education system, as all other systems, shut down. The international community‘s traditional response has been to initiate an emergency response. The emergency response strategy has been to focus on emergency aid such as shelter, food, water, sanitation and healthcare.
During emergency responses to conflict or natural disasters, education is frequently left out be. Education is seen as an important component in rebuilding the stability of a country. It is given greater priority in the post conflict and post-disaster period as signs of normalcy return and as international responses start to focus on long term development. The international community has been looking into solutions for educating children who are affected by conflict.
The thesis will look at DDR strategies put into place and look at using education as a strategy to reintegrating former child soldiers back into the society.