Critical Thinking for P.E.A.C.E.
What is the injustice we are solving?
The 1994 Rwandan Genocide has left this East African country with a lot of damage to repair; this includes the division between Hutu and Tutsi tribes that was enforced at the time. Twenty-three years later, the nation’s teens are facing the consequences of growing up in the generation after, and due to, a Genocide based on hate and the marginalization of human beings. Hate speech and corrupt ideologies perpetrated by the highest ranks of government triggered the 100 days of brutal slaughter known as the Rwandan Genocide. Today, the nation’s youth face genocide ideology which is extremely dangerous if not processed using critical thinking skills. If the remaining tension and conflict in this country is not addressed, it will contribute to further divisiveness and hopelessness, which are the very seeds of violence and conflict. Therefore, Critical Thinking for P.E.A.C.E. (CTP) brings these young people, of the generation after the genocide, together for a week-long intensive to learn in depth the history of Rwanda with a special focus on the 1994 genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. These workshops are taught by experienced teachers of Rwandan history and peace-building in Rwanda and internationally. CTP addresses the transgenerational fight against false genocide ideologies with critical thinking and conflict management skills, which are core tools for the Rwandan youth of today. These peace education workshops empower students to identify tensions and problems among their peers and in their community, take action to resolve them, and build their skills of empathy, critical thinking, and personal moral responsibility for their actions, thus unifying them through their cultivation of these skills.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Corrupt genocide ideology
we will address the fact that with 60.4% of the population born during or after the genocide, Rwanda has a new generation with with little to no first hand exposure to the many underlying causes of an era that claimed many valuable lives.
by implementing a program that focuses on peace education and sustainability, in post-genocide Rwanda. CTP’s aim is to empower an engaged and creative generation of young people.
Our Project Plan:
- Educate Rwandan youth about the history of the genocide.
- Strengthen critical thinking skills
- Teach compassion and empathy for others
- Address the trans-generational fight against false genocide ideology
- Teach conflict-management skills
- Empower students to find solutions to problems in their community
- Encourage students to engage with their community in a positive way
- Provide skills for the students to create their own initiatives
We will increase my / our compassion by...
How will you show courage?
How will you collaborate with others?
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
10 January 2018 16:45
I love the core values and skills I see you teaching in your video. What are your plans for this spring? How can we help?
11 January 2018 8:18
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16 February 2018 9:18
As part of the process when you join the Peace First Challenge, we offer formal feedback at different stages. I wanted to provide you with some feedback today related to your compassionate insight. First of all, I wanted to congratulate you for putting so much thought into a very complex issue and for exploring ways to approach this issue with a peacemaking lens. I wanted to ask some questions to help us better understand the solution you are proposing:
- How are you connected to the community you are trying to support?
- What process did you follow to come up with the idea that you have as a potential solution?
- How have you involved the young people you are supporting in the process?
- Could you elaborate on what you mean by "Corrupt genocide ideology"
I look forward to hearing more about your idea!
Have a great rest of the week!
6 March 2018 12:16
I wanted to let you know that I have been assigned as your mentor. I am really looking forward to supporting you and your project. Is there any particular area where you would like me to start providing you with some insights or support?
I look forward to hearing from you!
10 May 2018 12:35
Thank you for sharing your project and your commitments and activities for making peace. I am really excited about this special workshop which teaches peacebuilding and peace issues because I believe that these kinds of activities make a network of people who care for peace.
17 May 2018 10:39
This is Bahare, your new mentor, I reviewed your project and your plans and one thing that I can say that your idea is fantastic and I would like to hear more about your activities.
17 May 2018 12:56
21 May 2018 9:56
P.S. So glad you and Bahare are connecting--I think this will be a great mentor relationship!
21 May 2018 10:23
21 May 2018 10:29
8 June 2018 9:36
How is it going with you project? Have you taken some videos of your activities for this event?. I think it would be great to post some videos, questions or invite your friends to this project.