African Great Lakes – June 2019 

Promoting Peace in Younger Generations: Video from Rwanda 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 non-violent conflict resolution.

Our five libraries provide much-needed educational material to students in the surrounding communities and strive to be centers of learning. We believe that feeding imagination and curiosity will lead to a greater understanding of the world that will foster compassion and empathy.

Children participate in conflict resolution and mediation trainings hosted in the libraries. Our education approach differs dramatically from education model employed in Rwandan public schools, with emphasizes memorization and repetition. We focus on affective education: developing character and leadership by linking inner values with everyday actions in interpersonal relationships.

The five libraries are located throughout Rwanda, found in:

  • Kigali (Kigali Province)
  • Gisenyi and Kanzenze, Rubavu District (Western Province)
  • Byumba, Gicumbi District (Northern Province)
  • Ruhengeri, Musanze District (Northern Province)

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