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 Plan
Our Project Goals
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
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Bahare S.

June 08, 2018

Hi, Julia
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.
Bahare S.

May 17, 2018

Hi Julia
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.
Julia L.

May 17, 2018

Hi Bahare, we are thrilled that you are our new mentor. We are currently in an intense planning stage for our third annual youth camp which will take place during the second week of August. We have not heard back about our application for one of the Peace First mini grants. Have the winners been selected? Thanks!
Adrian B.

May 21, 2018

Hi Julia! Adrian here--I'm the Program Manager of Community Engagement here at Peace First. We emailed you when you submitted your mini-grant application a while ago. Your Plan section was incomplete, which is why we haven't been able to process your application. If you go to your dashboard and fill out each question in the Plan section, the application will be complete and then we'll be quite happy to process it. :) Please let me know if you have any questions! Adrian

P.S. So glad you and Bahare are connecting--I think this will be a great mentor relationship!
Bahare S.

May 21, 2018

Hi Julia, Unfortunately, I see your response after 3 days. According to Adrian's message, you should fill the plan section. If you have any question about filling this form, let me know.
Bahare S.

May 21, 2018

If you do not find the plan section, this is its' link: https://www.peacefirst.org/challenge/5/plan
Bahare S.

May 10, 2018

Hi Julia
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.
RaulPF C.

March 06, 2018

Hi Julia,
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!
Raul
RaulPF C.

February 16, 2018

Good morning, Julia!
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!
Raul
Fish S.

January 10, 2018

Julia -- thanks for sharing this project! It's an incredible idea -- post-conflict work is difficult, but important, and making sure students know about the roots of the past conflict is so critical to preventing future violence.

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?
Julia L.

January 11, 2018

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We intend to repeat the camp this summer 2018. However, we have not raised enough funds in order to make this possible. If you have any fundraising ideas or know of any grants related to our mission, that would be extremely helpful. Thank you again!
Fish S.

January 12, 2018

Hi Julia, I'm going to reach out to my colleague Amani, our Program Manager for International Partnerships, who may have some ideas. I imagine that your Davis Projects for Peace Grant (and presumably any data you've collected!) gives you a solid foundation on which to apply for grants. You could also use a Peace First grant as "matching funds" to encourage small donations from folks in your community. How much do you need to raise?
Amani A.

January 12, 2018

Thank you, Fish! Welcome to Peace First Community, Julia! I look forward to reading more updates on your projects and learning about the peace education techniques and how the sustainability part will play role in creating a powerful impact. For your questions about fundraising; I think this could be a good resource: https://pcdnetwork.org/resources/guide-to-key-resources-for-funding-work-in-peacebuilding-international-dev-and-related-fields/ My advice is to explore each resource and approach as many as you can at the same time, making sure that you are using language that matches the requirements of the applications or the resources. Please let us know how can we help!
Julia L.

January 12, 2018

This resource is amazing, thank you so much!! I will definitely start exploring the options. I really appreciate the help.
Amani A.

January 12, 2018

You are most welcome, Julia! Please let us know how can we help and keep us posted with updates about your project :)