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PEACE EDUCATION 2018-07-19T17:23:53+00:00

PEACE EDUCATION

Agents for Peace

The Peace Education Program promotes holistic peace and reconciliation within communities
by transforming high school students into agents of peace within their communities.
This is done by forming a Peace Club in each school, thereby placing the power of peace education
directly in the hands of students, the next generation of Rwandan leaders.

YOUTH CLUBS for PEACE

Peace Conferences

In 2015, CARSA created Youth clubs for Peace in 25 schools in two different districts in Rwanda. Peace building conferences were held at each school in order to train the students and encourage them to start their own clubs. Each club is also facilitated by one teacher.
The Youth Clubs for Peace meet weekly at each school to debate about peace and conflict solutions. Each club also develops its own action plan, using various creative activities to spread the message of peace and reconciliation at its school as well as among the surrounding community.The first step to establishing Peace Clubs is a Peace Conference, which is held at each school. The conference covers three topics: ethnic prejudices and their negative impact on social conflict in Rwanda, the importance of unity and reconciliation in Rwanda after the genocide, and the role of youth in building sustainable peace in Rwanda. From these conferences, a Peace Club is established within each school, and members of the CARSA team lead two-day weekend training sessions for Peace Club members in each school. These sessions cover the topics of understanding peace and conflict, conflict resolution and transformation (collaborative approach to solve conflict), transcending prejudices and celebrating differences, and the role of youth in reconciling divided community.

In Line With the RPEP

Peace Clubs from various schools will come together in August where students can take part a large conference and compete in songs, poems, drama, and drawing to win prizes provided by CARSA. Up to 50 Peace Club members from each school represent their club in attending this Peace Conference. After the competitions, Peace Club members will continue to develop ways such as debates and outreach that will spread the message of peace in their schools and communities. Peace Club members will even travel outside their immediate community to present to others.

Peace Education fits within the Rwandan Education Policy the Rwandan Peace Education Program (RPEP). This program is meant to incorporate Peace Education into the entire curriculum to ensure the promotion of social cohesion, positive values, empathy, and critical thinking to build a more peaceful society starting from the youth. CARSA and the Peace Clubs can serve as a foundation to prepare the ground for learners and teachers to receive Peace Education in their school. These clubs and activities give learners a practical platform to exchange ideas concerning peace and unity and then to spread these ideas to the greater community.

FOOTBALL for PEACE

Promoting Friendly Competition

CARSA’s Football for Peace program brings together co-ed football teams comprised of peace club members from the 25 schools we work with. The players play the matches with no referees and therefore are the ones who resolve any arising issues such as fouls and mistakes. This teaches students to own their own problems, working together to find solutions before seeking the help of external authority. Through the matches, students, teachers, school leaders, and community members who attend the matches have learned about peaceful conflict resolution and about their role as peace builders at a grass root level.

In these matches, I am learning to be passionate about achieving a goal and at the same time continuing to present the spirit of peace building through accepting fouls committed and taking part in resolving them as soon as they happen with no or less involvement of the superior authorities.

A Team Captain
“Students came to know that they should think and decide what is good for them after analyzing different opinions, and that they should develop capacity of making right choices without being always influenced. I think peace clubs will help in establishing the culture of peace in Rwandan society, students will know how they can come out from the consequences of Rwandan bad history that has lead us into genocide.”
Head Teacher, E.S. Mbati
“I have learned much from the conference, I got to know the sources of conflicts especially ethnic conflicts in our country and the consequences of making decision basing on stereotypes and I have realized that I can do something in order to preserve unity and help my generation in solving conflicts.”
Nyandwi Emmanuel, G.S Sheli
“I have just realized that students are very interested in knowing more about peace building, they have shown much interest in the way they were participating. For this reason I think there is a need of more trainings about this topic because students come from different families that transfer hatred to their children, so students really have to know much about peace building and conflict resolution and how they can cut off the hateful vicious circle.”
Teacher, TTC Muhanga