PLANTING THE SEED FOR LASTING PEACE.

 

As peacemakers, we believe that the development of the whole world in general, and of Africa, especially the Great Lakes Region of Africa in particular, will come from empowerment and self-reliance of the current generation. Education is an imperative effort to prepare the next generation to build a peaceful and prosperous Africa that is capable of finding solutions to its problems. In order to achieve a meaningful learning environment, youth need to be free from all forms of violence in their homes, schools, and communities, and to know their rights and responsibilities. They also need to be aware of how the government, the community and their parents protect them from violence and abuse.

 

In this modern world, young people are sometimes used as instruments for violence and injustice (for example as child soldiers). Then, they become victims of these violence and injustice.

 

Thus, peace education clubs have a mandate to help young people realize that they have the opportunity to use their talents for positive change. That is why GLPI (Great Lakes Peacebuilding Initiative) have recently initiated a series of trainings with the purpose of equiping youth in church-sponsored schools and

Chirsitian Ministries in Burundi in biblically-based peacebuilding methods in order to nurture a peaceful and thriving burundian

society.

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