The Aegis Trust has developed a successful model for peace education in Rwanda, supporting tens of thousands of young people across the country with the knowledge and skills to overcome the legacy of  genocide.

Peace education starting from a pilot in 2008 at Kigali Genocide Memorial. In 2013 we expanded our peace education work with the launch of the Aegis-led Rwanda Peace Education Programme (RPEP) and the Genocide Research and Reconciliation Programme (GRRP). Supported by SIDA (Sweden) and DFID (UK), programme partners included 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, the Rwanda Education Board announced inclusion of peace and values education as a cross-cutting subject in Rwanda’s new national curriculum. In May 2015, Rwandan teacher trainers received training in delivery of peace education. A participatory and interactive methodology, where participants learn by doing, is central to Aegis’ peace education programme.

In 2016 Aegis embarked on a new programme to support the curriculum change, embedding peace and values education in the classroom. A major shift of the new competence based curriculum is the emphasis on skills. Critical thinking, empathy, personal responsibility and trust are strengthened through interactive teaching methods. Students are encouraged to think for themselves, come up with creative solutions and question, where students can develop indpendent thinking skills, question what they are learning and come up with creative solutions.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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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