The Peace Education program is designed to reach out to the youth in schools through peace clubs. The program aims to transform high school students into agents of peace in their families, schools and surrounding communities. This is put into practice by forming Peace clubs in schools and equipping the club members with knowledge and skills on how to resolve conflict, combat stereotypes, promote positive peace, and find ways to share and multiply what they have learned in the training.
Peace clubs meet weekly at their schools to debate about peace and conflict resolutions and to plan various creative activities for spreading the message of peace and reconciliation at school and among the surrounding community.
-Football For Peace
CARSA’s Football For Peace program teaches students to work together to own their problems/ fouls and be responsible to resolve them before seeking the help of external authority. To achieve this ; CARSA developed a manual that trains the football players to play in a way that boys mix with girls. The matches are played without referees and they are the ones to resolve issues such as fouls.
-Art For Peace
Arts play a considerable role in educating the communities. CARSA works with peace club members to train and mentor them to use different forms of arts (songs, poems, theatre, drawings, drama…) that spread the messages of reconciliation and peace building. Contests in poetry, drama, drawing, and songs are ways for Rwanda’s next generation to express how they deal with the consequences of Rwanda’s history and to act as agents of peace for a broader audience.
-Trainings and curriculum development
Every peace club has four supervisors that mentor the students in those peace clubs. CARSA trains these teachers (ToT) that they go and train their students. The teachers are trained on how to do debates and dialogue, using history to build sustainable peace, conflict resolution,etc.
Documents detailing the content of the training are developed and given to schools for reference.
-Genocide Memorial Visits and conferences
To equip the youth with adequate knowledge of the history of the genocide hence fight against its ideology ; CARSA helps teachers, school leaders and students in peace clubs to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and learn the history of Rwanda, mostly that of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. After the visits, they meet the officials from the government institutions to ask them any questions and get answers.
To foster the learning of the history and teaching that reconciliation is possible ; CARSA takes to schools its reconciliation cell group members ; pairs of genocide survivors and direct perpetrators who were there during the genocide, to prove to have gone a good journey of reconciliation and give their testimonies to the school communities.
The school communities composed of students, teachers, and school leaders ask any questions to these storytellers and get answers from the live people who were there in the history taught in class.
-International Day of Peace Celebrations :
The International Day of Peace is globally celebrated on every 21st September. In Rwanda, its celebrations at the national level are organized by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission. Peace actors celebrate it locally and CARSA works with its schools of operation to organize and celebrate the day. Peace clubs carry out different activities including reaching communities with messages of reconciliation and peace building. They use their created arts to spread these messages. Government officials meet the youth to foster the learning and practice of peace building among the youth.