Peacebuilding despite conflict

Posted Wednesday April 01, 2015 by Intern

Peacebuilding despite conflict

South Sudan Happenings – Peace Building and Life Skills

Peace Club 3How can we use education to support peace? This is the question we are asking ourselves right now in South Sudan. Our local team has led the National Review of the Peace Building and Life Skills curriculum. From what we have learned and in partnership with UNICEF, AET is trying out materials to promote peace and discuss social issues with primary and secondary schools. We are also working to create peace centres, focused on helping out-of-school youths.

The two day review brought together head teachers, teachers, and Ministry of Education state officials to discuss the exisiting curriculum around peacebuilding and identifygaps. Through discussion and reflection, the group was able to identify avenues to enhance peacebuilding and the quality of the curriculum. The final version will be officially adopted by the national Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

This review, is part of AET’s ‘Schools as Zones of Peace’ project.  AET has trained over 230 teachers on Peace Building and Life Skills, as well as establishing 32 Peace Clubs in schools. Peace Clubs are at the heart of what we do in AET, providing children with the opportunity to come together and discuss how to make their schools and communities peaceful places where everyone feels comfortable and respected, regardless of their differences.

Peace! Peace! Peace!

Here is a poem written by a Peace Club member in P6 at Gudele West Primary School in Juba:

Peace Poem by Gudele West Primary School
Peace! Peace! Peace!
Why are we looking for you all in vain?
Under the water bodies, on top of mountains and everywhere,
Mr. Peace.
Peace! Peace! Peace!Peace Club 2
We have failed to reconcile because of our ignorance and our intolerable conditions and no words of forgiveness.
Mr. Peace
Peace! Peace! Peace!
We have failed to forgive each other yet dogs and cats are forgiving each other and reconciling
Please, come in our country.
We miss you so much
Mr. Peace.

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