School Administrators, Student Leaders, and Peace Workers Trained in Peace Education for the Youth
Published by GLPI on July 9, 2018
The special module on Youth Peace Clubs (YPC) was held by GLPI on July 2-6, 2018 in Gitega, Burundi, training twenty-three (23) participants from Rwanda, DRC, and Burundi. The participants are composed of school administrators, project coordinators, student and youth leaders, church leaders, and representatives of different groups and organizations interested in implementing peace education among youth.
Mr. Issa Sadi Ebombolo, peacebuilding coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Zambia and Malawi facilitated this course. Given his experience of founding the Peace Club organization in Zambia, and in later on expanding more than 650 peace clubs in 13 African countries, he was able to provide both practical and theoretical perspectives on implementing peace education not only within schools, but also in churches, organizations, prisons and other contexts.
Through this special module, the participants had the opportunity to discuss the problems that affect the children in their schools and explore different strategies and approaches in promoting culture of peace among the youth. The special module also included a visit to a Youth Peace Club in Gitega which was organized by MIPAREC in the Lycee Urbain de Gitega. The peace club student members and their supervisor shared their testimonies of change before the GLPI participants.