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December 2015

Free education for more than one million around the globe

(25 November 2015)

More than one million young people in some of the world’s poorest and most troubled communities will receive free education as a result of In Place of War. The initiative, which sits within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, will open a series of cultural spaces and deliver a new creative entrepreneurial course for people living in areas of conflict across Africa, the Middle East and South America.

The programme will provide an escape through music and the arts, and an internationally-recognised qualification for citizens whose lives might otherwise be torn apart by troubles and unrest.

The project will be delivered thanks to more than £360,000 worth of funding awards from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust, and will reach 25 countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt and Brazil.

Ruth Daniel, Co-Director of In Place of War, said: “This work will change lives in some of the most disrupted and disconnected parts of the globe. Over ten years of research and fieldwork we have seen the positive difference that facilitating the arts can make in sites of conflict. Thanks to this funding, we can now turn that into real education and training opportunities with the potential to enhance local economies and take people out of deprivation by connecting with people both in other areas of unrest and far beyond.”

Professor Ken McPhail, Associate Dean for Social Responsibility, said: "The In Place of War programme is a fantastic example of how research in the humanities can have real-world impact by addressing some of our most pressing social and economic issues. Their new program will empower and equip over one million of the world’s poorest young people and shows what a combination of the arts, entrepreneurship and a concern for social justice can achieve."