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.