The Peace Education Foundation carries out interfaith training and distributes PeaceWorks Curricula over 50 Catholic, Protestant and Muslim educators and pastoral ministers in collaboration with The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Commission for Education and Religious Education to ensure peaceful co-existence among Kenyans especially the warring communities.
“Peaceful Children for a Peaceful Nation” by Rose Achiego
The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Commission for Education and Religious Education is determined to ensure peaceful co-existence among Kenyans especially the warring communities.
Through the invitation of the Bishops after an extensive consultation with the National Executive Secretary of the Commission Augusta Muthigani, a Peace Education Foundation team from the United States of America came into the country to equip educators and pastoral ministers with skills on conflict resolution in schools in the family and the community at large.
Speaking during the one week training at Donum Dei Spiritual Centre, Peace Education Foundation President, Lloyd Van Bylevelt, said there is need to change the culture and the climate of the schools by teaching children how to resolve conflict, embrace diversity by understanding that it is a positive thing to belong to different communities, respect one another and coexist to prevent negative behaviors amongst them that might lead to violence in schools that include bullying and burning of school property.
“Children need to learn to work cooperatively now in order to work cooperatively later as adults. When you build community in classroom and teach children how to care and use self-control, you minimize the possibilities for violence and maximize the potential for learning.”
Bylevelt said the program has worked well in over 20,000 schools in the US, Canada and Latin America where it has been implemented revealing that, the program defined conflict resolution in six components including community building, understanding conflict, understanding the role of perception in conflict, the role of feelings in conflict, rules for making peace and effective communication skills and teaches about 30 life skills that help people live better lives.
More than 50 pioneer participants from Malindi, Mombasa and Isiolo dioceses received capacity building in conflict resolution and mediation skills for the classroom, school, district, family, parish and community. The training is geared towards participants who desire to acquire practical peacemaking conflict resolution and mediation skills that align with core human and Gospel values. The aim was create “interfaith teams” that will return to their home communities and carry out peace education training in Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim schools, Churches, and Mosques. By using the “Train the Trainer” method all participants will be equipped to return to the local communities and train educators and pastoral agents.