PeacEdu Initiative Rwanda is a non-governmental organization that is engaged and dedicated to preventing genocide and mass atrocities through Education.We are empowering our community with a non-violent means of resolving conflict, building trust and promoting trauma healing. We also have a village of reconciliation where we were able to unify former perpatrotors and survivors who now live together in the same village. PeacEdu is more focused on healing the wounds caused by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The organization is working with the community which is comprised of genocide survivors and former perpetrators who confessed their role during genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. We also work with teachers , youth students and non-schooling youth who are in different clubs affiliated to the organization.The organization’s activities in the community include peace building, healing and storytelling, forgiveness, resilience, reconciliation and improving the social-economic conditions of the community we serve. The organization works with the youth where we equip them with the knowledge to enhance their critical thinking skills, empathy and personal responsibility to reject violence. The youth is trained about Human Rights Education in order to be human rights defenders where they live and become a positive change in their respective community.
In fact, the Rwandan community faced a bitter history that forced the community into a separation that later led to the above mentioned genocide. PeacEdu initiative Rwanda is engaging into a proper approach that will bring about lasting peace through poverty reduction, provision of basic needs by assisting and training people about programs, that will take them out of such conditions. This is done by forming a reconciliating better system that welcomes citizens altogether.
The organization is motivated by a spirit of creating and equipping youth with a necessary skill of critical thinking that allows them to be seeds of the positive change as future implementors of different community policies. This will bring them to a position of fighting against bad spirit and other negative myths of embarking on hate speeches or any other kind of discrimination that can take the community back into a darkness of stagnant situation causing a discriminative politics. This will obviously permit people to live together harmoniously with a hope for good living conditions to avoid existence of a hopeless youth community.
We use different approaches like dialogues, training, workshops, and participatory methods such as critical thinking. Peacedu has been working with the renowned organization to foster important approaches and methodologies that enhance higher critical thinking using different examples and inspiration. Through our education approaches, it is expected that young people that we work together on the daily basis will be able to make right and informed decisions with the overall goal of fostering harmony among Rwandan citizens. They will also be able to identify some challenges that grip them on a daily basis so that they can be in the right decision to confidently address those using collaborative efforts.
Peacedu organizes trips for students' club and community that is compromised of genocide survivors and perpetrators who confessed their role in Genocide against the Tutsi members as well as parents to different genocide memorials across the country. The trips and workshops help them to acquire knowledge about genocide prevention. Parents are always urged to instill skills of critical thinking into their young minds because they are the cornerstone for the hope of Rwanda. We also facilitate communities to heal their wounds caused by genocide through storytelling. Therefore, they may become more confident in teaching such sensitive topics
Peacedu Initiative Rwanda is committed to documentation and preservation of stories in a digital way for research purposes. We are also planning to conduct researches on the impact of peace education in the aftermath of the genocide and encourage local and foreign researchers to conduct research on this important topic. This will also help the next generation to find rich information about the history of the Genocide against the Tutsis, the Holocaust, and other genocides that took place all over the world hence, cementing world peace and encourage critical thinking and clear interpretation of the history through accessing these stories.
Al Peacedu staff and beneficiaries adhere to pursue honorable initiatives, and must conduct day-to-day operations in a way that is honest, transparent and ethical
Peacedu staff are not only pursuing something important, but are doing it well. This means that the senior management of Peacedu cultivate and train staff. They always set tangible benchmarks for the organization, and they struggle to succeed them.
PeacEdu staff believes that in order to be successful, it is always important to collaborate with other agencies and partners in their community both at the national and international levels. PeacEdu believes that they will accomplish more if they attempt to complement the existing resources available in the community rather than duplicating them.
Peacedu doesn’t have extensive resources, but always believe that using their core values as an opportunity to demonstrate that they are a good steward of the resources bequeathed to the organization. Peacedu staff always show that they make a good return on the resources available to the organization. This is a good opportunity to set standards for financial procedures and internal controls.