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.