Violent conflicts are at a historic high. They recur at an alarmingly high rate despite the efforts of the global peace building system to prevent conflict and build peace. Mie Roesdahl explains why meeting the needs of locally led peacebuilding can be an approach to building sustainable peace.
‘A Piece by Peace: A Sustainable Peace Dialogue’ was co-hosted by Africa Unite (AU) and the International Peace Youth Group on the 23rd February in Cape Town, South Africa. The topic of the forum was: How can we as youth, working with government ensure that we build safe and peaceful communities and create a culture of peace enshrined in the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.
In this interview, Interpeace’s Great Lakes Programme Coordinator, Isabelle Peter, discusses the organization’s peace education initiative in the three countries of Rwanda, Burundi and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The peace education initiative is part of Interpeace’s Cross-Border Peacebuilding programme, implemented in collaboration with six regional organisations in the region.
Looking at home and abroad, one experiences a rising tide of conflict and tension that permeates our world; societies divided along political and ideological fault lines, massive humanitarian crises, mass global migration, violent extremism, climate change denial and progressive action, environmental degradation and species extinction, and faltering old and fluctuating new economies. In short, these are the challenges of our times–wicked problems without easy solutions. Some of us remain hopeful in the power of peace education to transform individuals and the world. In that spirit, the educators among the readership here may ask the following questions: How do we create deep learning experiences for our students that are rooted in placed-based, experiential learning and also connected to global vision and initiatives? How do we inspire future leaders to dedicate their work toward alleviating violence and suffering and building sustainable peace?
A three-day Aegis Trust Peace Education colloquium began February 21 with a focus on the importance of investing in peace. Funded by the UK Government, the conference assembled more than 100 local and international experts to discuss the role of peace education in preventing conflict and mass atrocity. It is part of Aegis’ worldwide efforts to build a generation of champions of humanity by investing in world class peace education.
The Rwandan government will embark on integrating peace education into the National Education Curriculum under a new program called ‘Education for Sustainable Peace in Rwanda (ESPR)’. The ESPR program was launched by the Ministry of Education during a three day Peace Education conference in Kigali from February 20-22.