Wednesday, May 15, 2013

THIRD AFRICAN ALLIANCE FOR PEACE SUMMIT






Proposal for the 3rd

AFRICAN ALLIANCE FOR PEACE SUMMIT

Organized in partnership with


Shalom Educating for Peace, Rwanda


Place: Kigali, Rwanda
Date:  16h-19h February 2014

Pre-summit training event: 10-15 February 2014

Theme:  Promoting Peace Education within our communities






Brief historical background

The Africans who attended the Third Global Summit of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace in Japan in 2007, inspired by the Summit and its call for ministries and departments of peace, formed the African Alliance for Peace (AAP). The AAP has since expanded from the four countries represented at the Japan Summit (Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, and South Africa) to also include members from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon, and continues to grow. The vision of the AAP is to support the creation of a culture of peace and nonviolence in all African countries, including calling for structures in government and civil society to support a culture of peace.
The first Summit was held in Accra, Ghana in May, 2008, and the second in Abuja, Nigeria, in October, 2010. Recognizing the importance of peace education in moving towards the realisation of the AAP ‘s  vision, the members of the network who met in Cape Town in October 2011 agreed to organize the next summit under the central theme of “Promoting Peace Education within our Communities”. The meeting chose Kigali to be the host of the 3rd summit and recommended Shalom Educating for Peace (SEP) to organize the summit.

About Shalom Educating for Peace

Shalom Educating for Peace (SEP) is a non-governmental, non-profit peace education organization working for building and sustaining positive peace through education. Registered in South Africa, SEP works primarily in Rwanda. SEP pursues the following objectives: (i) educating for peace, (ii) researching for peace and (iii) cultivating the culture of non-violence.  The organisation has been developing different peace education activities in the country, including peace education through radio, peace education through sports, and promoting peace and reconciliation through songs and theatres. It has developed community peacebuilding and anti-corruption education programs in Rulindo district, in the Northern Province of Rwanda

“Peace education”: A relevant and timely topic for African nations

The Nairobi conference on peace education in east and central Africa , held in 2008, defines peace education as an avenue by which individuals and communities can be taught and persuaded to shun a culture of violence and conflict and adopt values, attitudes and behaviour of a culture of peace. These new attitudes will then see peaceful conflict resolution practised at the intra communal level and regionally across countries. Additionally, peace education brings individual learners to experience intrapersonal and interpersonal peace. Peace education should be a participatory process which aims at changing society’s way of thinking and which promotes learning of peace.

While there is a pressing need to respond to conflict and violence in the African context through education, the implementation of peace education curricula has proven challenging, particularly where it has been used in a reactionary way or to ‘dampen’ conflict (NPI, 2008). Africa today suffers from too much ethnical, cultural, religious, economical and political unrest and violent conflict.  Africa continues to be fragile and needs efforts to ensure stability and sustainability to its inhabitants. Developing appropriate peace education programmes could move the African continent from socio-economic deplorability and fragility to sustainability.

Pre-Summit Training
The overall objective of the five day pre-summit training is to refresh the energies of peaceworkers from conflict and post conflict areas. Some have extensive training while others may not have had the opportunity for training in peace work, and this will be an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences. At the end of the training, participants will have been trained in the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) and nonviolent communication and have a deep understanding of peace, reconciliation and conflict resolution as it can be applied in their own contexts.

Objectives of the Summit

The three-day Summit follows the training, and is expected to include a broader scope of participants who will have the opportunity to share their experiences and idea about developing ministries and infrastructures for peace in Africa.
As a result of attending the AAP, participants will:

·         Have a deeper their understanding of the concept of peace education
·         Be aware of different approaches used by peace educators in their schools and communities
·         Propose appropriate and effective curriculum (content and teaching methods) for peace education programmes in Africa
·         Develop practical tools to evaluate peace education programmes
·         Have strategies on how to include the whole community in peace education


Topics per objectives and proposed presenters
Objectives
Proposed topics
Observation
To deepen understanding of the concept of peace education
Concept of and theoretical perspectives on peace education

Be aware of different approaches used by peace educators in their schools and communities
Approaches to peace education
This is a participatory session where participants share approaches used by their organisations
Propose appropriate and effective curriculum for peace education programmes in Africa
Curriculum of Peace education for African countries
Facilitator will keep in mind the commonalities and differences for various African regions contexts
Develop practical tools to evaluate peace education a peace education programme
Evaluating a peace education programme

To explore existing infrastructures that develop peace education in Africa and discuss their effectiveness and strengths and weakness
Infrastructures of peace education in Africa

Have strategies on how to include the whole community in peace education
Promoting peace education through home grown approaches
Examples of cases studies from Ubuntu values and Rwandan values (ubupfura)

Agenda
Pre-summit training event
Days
Activities, topics
Monday, 10 Feb
Arrival , registration, check in
Welcoming ceremony and dinner
Sharing our peace work and experience
Day 0ne (11 Feb)
Training on AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project)
Day two (12 Feb)
 Training on AVP
Day three (13 Feb)
Peace and nonviolence theory and concepts
Day four (14 Feb)
Understanding conflict
Conflict analysis and resolution
Conflict transformation: Healing, forgiveness and reconciliation process
Day five ( 15 Feb)
Anti-corruption education as way of building positive peace- with Ubupfura approach as a practical case study
Peace education through arts and sports
Closing session, certificates presentation
Visit to a secondary school and have a football match applying SEP’s approach
At least 30 peaceworkers from 8 countries are expected to participate in the training event.
Summit
Day one: 16 Feb 2014:
Hours
Activities, presentations and presenters/facilitators
14h00 – 15h00
Arrival of participants, registration, light drink
15h00- 17h30
Opening session: Introduction, welcome speeches
Presentation 1: The concept of peace education and theoretical perspectives
 Key note address, opening remarks
Announcements
18h00 – 20h00
Dinner, interactive session, entertainment & cultural presentations

Day two: 17 Feb 2014
Hours
Activities, presentations and presenters/facilitators
8h00 – 10h00
Presentation 2 and exchanges: Approaches of peace education
10h00 -10h30
Tea/Coffee break
10h30 -12h30
Presentation 3: Curriculum of Peace education for African countries
12h30 -14h00
Lunch
14h00 – 16h30
Presentation 4: Infrastructures of peace education in Africa
Presentation 5: Evaluating a peace education programme
16h30 – 17h30
Closing the day, review and evaluation, lessons learned, announcements

Day three: 18 Feb 2014

Hours
Activities, presentations and presenters/facilitators
8h00 – 10h00
African Alliance for Peace meeting: revitalizing and restructuring the organization
10h00 -10h30
Tea/coffee break
10h30 -12h30
African Alliance for Peace meeting
12h30 -14h00
Lunch
14h00 – 17h30
Visit to Genocide memorial, debrief and Kigali tour.

Day Four: 19 Feb 2014

Hours
Activities, presentations and presenters/facilitators
8h00 – 10h00
Presentation 6: Promoting peace education through Home grown approaches: Examples of cases studies from Ubuntu values and Rwandan Values( ubupfura)
A Rwandan official( from the NURC) and someone from SA or Zimbabwe
10h00 -10h30
Tea/coffee break
10h30 -12h30
Presentation 7: Schools systems and peace education in African countries;
Presentation 8: Establishing  peace education academies in Africa
12h30 -14h00
Lunch
14h00 – 17h00
Closing ceremony


 Contact Person

Jean de Dieu Basabose, 
Shalom Educating for Peace
P.O.Box 6210 Kigali, Rwanda
Tel. +250 (0) 78 840 3868E-mail: basajd@yahoo.fr