Peace Education Initiative Rwanda (Peacedu) is a non-governmental organization which is engaged and dedicated to preventing genocide and mass atrocities through Education. Peacedu is more focused on teaching human rights, peace education, and genocide studies with a great emphasis on Holocaust and 1994 Genocide against Tutsi to build a tolerant society with the hope of a better future without hatred. It was founded in 2015 by professional and motivated Rwandan teachers who are engaged in healing wounds caused by the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
We use different approaches like dialogues, trainings, workshop and participatory methods such as critical thinking. Peacedu has been working with 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 the daily basis so that they can be in the right decision to confidently address those using collaborative efforts.
Peacedu organizes trips for teachers, students' club 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 and teachers are always urged to instill skills of the critical thinking into their young minds because they are the cornerstone for hope of Rwanda. We also facilitate teachers to heal their wounds caused by genocide through storytelling. Therefore, they may become more confident in teaching such sensitive topics.
In this time of unprecedented levels of global migration and refugee crisis, Peacedu staffs have a firm commitment that refugees need to become self-sufficient and restart their lives so that they can integrate into new society. Peacedu believe that the education should take the highest precedence. The organization works very hard to bring human rights education content to different communities existing in refugee camps on the Rwandan territory in order to help them learn about their rights and appreciate good effort and opportunities available for them. It also support refugee children clubs and teachers to understand basically their rights and history of Rwanda so that they can properly fit into national school systems while at the same time building longlasting friendships with local children. They learn languages, and develop vital skills and values they need to sustain them and their families. Peacedu staff work tirelessly preparing the training packages to ensure that schools in the refugee camps become important and more relevant for those that have been torn from their homes and seen the horrors of war.
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 believe 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 level. Peacedu believe 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.