Yemen and education Shaping bottom-up emergent responses around tribal values and customary law

Webb, Carol (2018) Yemen and education Shaping bottom-up emergent responses around tribal values and customary law. International Journal of Comparative Education and Development. ISSN 2396-7404 (Accepted for Publication)

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to draw from up-to-date reports that outline the current situation for
Yemen in terms of education and the socio-political context, and to address this context with theory from the
complexity science domain in order to propose practical recommendations.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper outlines highlights from the current situation in Yemen,
namely, the challenges presented by conflict, and international engagement in conflict, and offers an appraisal of key factors pertaining to education and progress made in this arena in recent years. A focus is made on tribal groups as a starting point for bottom-up emergent engagement, and complexity science is suggested as a theoretical domain to draw from to conceptualise how to enact this.
Findings – A discussion of how complexity science could be meaningfully applied to the case of education in
Yemen is presented, along with seven recommendations for the focus of future international aid interventions
in Yemen.
Originality/value – At this time, there are few, if no, other works that have been found that have
considered the case of education in Yemen in this way from the perspective of a bottom-up emergent
engagement with tribes as a way of leveraging the values-based system of tribal customary law in order to
address sustainability development goals, literacy, integration in digital society and education as a means of approaching these issues.
Paper type Conceptual paper

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: I was lead guest editor for this special issue, forthcoming. The edition is currently with typesetters and we wait to hear what date it will go live / be published. ‘This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (once published). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.'
Keywords: Yemen, Education, Conflict, Tribes, Complexity science, Customary law
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Teacher Education
Depositing User: Carol Webb
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2018 10:20
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 10:20

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