Vision of the Children’s Peace Libraries:
“The vision of Children’s Peace Libraries of Rwanda is to see a positive transformation and sustainable peace promotion among the children of Rwanda. The Children’s Peace Libraries have become centers for literacy and learning, and a home to our programs teaching nonviolent conflict resolution.”
The Children’s Peace Libraries were created to promote a culture of reading among Rwandan students, as well as to foster a community of peace and nonviolence among Rwanda’s future leaders. In 2008, the language of education was switched from French to English, leaving a large educational gap. Children’s books are extremely scarce in Rwanda, and the libraries provide a unique space for students to gather to read and increase their English literacy. Librarians and volunteers do activities such as book report competitions and debates with students to help them improve their English and reading comprehension.
Additionally, the Peace Libraries serve as centers of peace education for the rising generation. They host peer mediation trainings for local students, where the participants learn how to identify the roots of conflicts and use transformative mediation to help resolve conflicts in their schools and communities. Schools whose students participate in these trainings see a significant decrease in conflict, and teachers have asked to have the number of trainings increased. Currently there are five branches of the Children’s Peace Libraries throughout Rwanda, and the network hopes to expand.
To learn more about the Children’s Peace Libraries, see http://tlcrwanda.org