This investigation documents the M.A. in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation at the University of Rwanda to highlight lessons from colleagues about how formalized peace education contributes to leadership development and stability.
We are inspired by the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize to Abiy Ahmed Ali, who exemplifies many of the qualities of peace leadership we desire in our elected officials. This teaching tip, from the new book “Learning Life’s Lessons: Inspirational Tips for Creating Peace in Troubled Times,” invites us to consider the qualities of the leaders we truly desire and invites us to consider how we might unleash this same leadership potential in our students.
This paper presents an innovative, new model for educating and empowering a new generation of young peace leaders as a way to prevent homegrown terrorism. The model is based on the “Peace Guerilla” (PG) pilot project that the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) ran with grade 6 and 7 students at Ross Road Elementary School in North Vancouver, BC in 2011.