Since 2016, IPB-HROC got a call to intervene within Bujumbura secondary schools due to the fact that the majority of its students had participated in 2015 election crisis demonstrations. Using HROC program in school it assisted more than 2,000 students in 2016. From that time until today IPB-HROC continues conducting HROC basic workshops, follow ups, and nonviolent conflict management workshops within the secondary schools in Bujumbura. Since last year, we came up with a new step of implementing a trauma healing club working today in partnership with other clubs such as the health club, environment club, the Red Cross club, English speaking club, and so on.
A trauma healing club is made out by students who finished at least a three days ‘basic HROC workshop. Members of a trauma healing club meet on a weekly basis for at least 2 hours. Three trauma healing clubs are functional in Musaga, Gihosha and Ciitoke secondary schools.
Three trauma healing clubs are functional today in Bujumbura secondary schools in two zones where the highest intensity of violence prevailed (Musaga and Mutakura) and one zone which received more refugees coming from those two zones as it remained calm during the demonstrations period.
The trauma healing club plays a role of maintaining the peaceful coexistence within the school and in its neighborhood environment and sensitizes the consequences of trauma within the school, in its surrounding and their own families and communities.
A cultural event was then organized by the Musaga club by visiting that of Gihosha and both invited that of Cibitoke. It was an opportunity given to each participant either individual or in group to express or interpret in their own way what they gained in the workshops of trauma healing or conflict management domain according to their God’s given talent. It’s the also way of responding to questions raised by schools’ authorities on how the limited groups trained could make a visible impact within the big and large community. This cultural event met together communities that have never met since the 2015 election crisis erupted in Bujumbura through public testimonies, traditional singing and dancing, dramas, sketches, poem as photos illustrates below.