PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Great Lakes Region (GLR) has been the site of numerous wars and cross-border conflicts in the past decades, some of which remain unresolved to this day. The overall situation affects especially the most vulnerable members of society. Since conflicts are often affecting more than one country, peacebuilding initiatives will also focus on a regional approach. To this end, GIZ has developed a Regional Project for Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region that seeks to strengthen ICGLR’s peace and security program. Within this regional project in the Great Lakes Region, one pillar is the development and implementation of a comprehensive peace education program for formal and informal education in the four pilot countries which are Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. The program aims to make a crucial contribution to gradually shifting from a culture of violence to a culture of peace, to prevent violent conflict and to spread awareness of human rights in society. It also aims at fostering cooperation between countries affected by conflict and to enable peaceful dialogue.