The Aegis Trust has developed a successful model for peace education in Rwanda, giving tens of thousands of young people across the country the knowledge and tools to overcome the legacy of fear and suspicion left by the genocide, to break the long term cycle of violence and to build reconciliation, trust and cooperation for a brighter future.

Starting from a pilot programme in 2008 at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, in December 2013 our work in this area expanded with the launch of the Aegis-led Rwanda Peace Education Programme (RPEP) and the Genocide Research and Reconciliation Programme (GRRP). Supported by the Swedish International Development Agency and the UK Department for International Development, we are working in collaboration with USC Shoah Foundation, Radio la Benevolencija and the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP). Supporting partners include NIOD, RDB and UTL.

In 2014, drawing on recommendations from a pedagogical committee set up as part of the Rwanda Peace Education Programme, the Rwanda Education Board announced inclusion of peace education as a cross-cutting element in Rwanda’s new national curriculum. In May 2015, Rwandan teacher trainers received training in delivery of this peace education component – and in the participatory, interactive methodology used in the Rwanda Peace Education Programme.

In the media

Journalist Veronique Mistiaen wrote a feature on the Aegis Trust’s peace-building education in Rwanda for the Guardian in 2013; you can read it here.

GUARDIAN FEATURE

On Soundcloud

Interview with Jean Nepo Ndahimana, an education officer for the Aegis Trust, conducted in Rwanda in 2014 by the journalist and actor Felicity Finch.

INTERVIEW

Independent report

Analysis of Aegis’ peace education by Minerva Research in 2012 indicated a positive impact not only on participating students but on entire school communities.

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Schools in the UK

The Aegis Trust provides workshops for schools in the UK to help strengthen social cohesion and resistance to prejudice. You can find out more about them here.

WORKSHOPS
98.8%

Change of heart

98.8% of participants independently surveyed in 2012 agreed with the statement,
“The feelings in my heart have changed as a result of attending the workshop.”

66.6%

Geographic reach

The Rwanda Peace Education Programme is set to visit 20 of Rwanda’s 30 districts. Seven were visited in 2014. Before that, Aegis ran peace education only at the Memorial.

100%

National curriculum

Inclusion of key elements from the Rwanda Peace Education Programme in Rwanda’s national schools curriculum in 2015 means in future, every child in Rwanda will benefit.

50%

International model

Local leaders have asked Aegis to bring peace education to two of the four countries the UN identifies as ‘L3 emergencies’ – the World’s most severe humanitarian crises.

Peace education in Rwanda

“The Aegis Trust has helped Rwanda to rise from the Ashes. We have seen the result: Rwandan youth have understood the past that led them into darkness… It’s about time that our friends from Rwanda come and help us.”

Archbishop of Bangui, CAR

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