• The Executive Secretary, Amb. João Samuel Caholo with EJVM Officers during the handing over ceremony between the outgoing and incoming Commander.January 2021 Goma-DRC.

    The Executive Secretary, Amb. João Samuel Caholo with EJVM Officers during the handing over ceremony between the outgoing and incoming Commander.January 2021 Goma-DRC.

  • The Executive Secretary with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Sudan

    The Executive Secretary with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Sudan

  • Guarantor Institutions of the Peace Security and Cooperation Framework 1st virtual meeting of 2021. 3rd March 2021

    Guarantor Institutions of the Peace Security and Cooperation Framework 1st virtual meeting of 2021. 3rd March 2021

  • ICGLR Mini-Summit on Political and Security Situation in the Central African Republic. Luanda 20 April 2021

    ICGLR Heads of State Mini-Summit on Political and Security situation in the Central African Republic on the invitation of H.E João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola and the ICGLR Chair. Luanda-Angola, 20 April 2021

From 22nd October to 24th November 2020, the ICGLR Peace & Security Department in cooperation with GIZ organised a series of Kick Off Workshops to launch the Development of a Regional Peace Education Programme for the Great Lakes Region.

Considering the cross-border and regional nature and effects of conflicts in the Great Lakes Region, the Programme similarly takes a regional approach for Peace Education, as a key imperative to break the circles of violence and to educate and empower people at all levels of society to actively build peace.

The Regional Peace Education Programme is the consequence of a previous Peace Education Summit held in 2016 in Nairobi and covers four pilot countries which are Burundi, Rwanda, D.R. Congo and Uganda. The project aims to build on existing peace education initiatives on formal and non-formal education programmes and collect these to add another qualitative layer: A regional approach to Peace Education specifically for the Great Lakes Region.

The project runs from May 2020 to April 2022 and engages actors from all levels of society to contribute to the Regional Peace Education Programme. It is implemented by a consortium of GFA Consulting Group, Aegis Trust and VIAMO, coordinated by a team of national peace education experts from each of the four pilot countries, a regional and an international coordinator. Each national expert ensures close cooperation to the relevant government and non-government stakeholders in their country. This will enable the project to feed expertise from local actors to the national and the regional level and vice versa, so that the Programme is designed to meet existing concerns and needs for Peace Education at the regional, national and local levels.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, it was soon decided that a large regional workshop could not be held in presence. In order to ensure access to a greater group of actors and to include as many perspectives as possible, the Project Team carried out presence workshops on the national levels, with Uganda and DRC hosting even two workshops – one in the capital, one in one of the provinces most affected by conflict.

On 24 November 2020, the Kick Off Workshop series concluded with a virtual event, bringing together high-level representatives from the four pilot countries from foreign and education ministries, education boards, international and national NGOs. All in all, more than 100 Peace Education experts, practitioners and decision-makers participated in the Kick Off Workshop series.

In all six workshops, participants showed great appreciation for the initiative and underlined the need to enhance peace education in the Great Lakes Region. Many participants raised the need for more cooperation and coordination of efforts and activities in the field, both on the national and on the regional level. Regarding the various existing Peace Education initiatives, a sharing of expertise and good practices was suggested to facilitate mutual learning. The Peace Education Programme needs to tackle the general lack of expertise on the subject and to strengthen capacity building on Peace Education.

The participatory approach for this virtual event allowed participants to connect across national divides and work together in teams on common topics and aspects of the Peace Education Programme. His excellency, Ambassador Kakese from the Democratic Republic of Congo, concluded at the end of the virtual workshop, that this event had very positively contributed to bringing relevant actors in the region together and to jointly develop a regional approach to Peace Education. His wish was that all actors engage and continue to “contaminate the Great Lakes Region with peace”.

For  more  information  about  ICGLR’s  Regional  Peace  Education  Project,  please  contact  the  Peace Education Project Team:

International Coordinator Johanna Wolf de Tafur:            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regional Coordinator Anne-Marie Bihirabake:                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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