Reach and impact: Through the Peace Building Pillar we impacted these people:

1271 Rwandans: 739 Male and 532 Female participants

Phase II training for peace agents

The 3-day training drew 19 (9 Females, 10 Males) participants from Lycee de Kigali, University of Kibungo (INATEK), Rulindo, Karongi, Nyagatare, Rukumberi, Musanze, Gisenyi Adventist Secondary School and Nyabihu. Participants explored wounds in the Rwandan society, healing options, common expressions and facilitation skills for wounded groups. By the end of the training participants had learnt the importance of “listening to understand” and empathy. One male participant stated “I thought I could facilitate dialogue the same way I used to facilitate meetings but then I have realized that I will not only be a peace agent but a participant since I will learn from group members.

international Day of Youth

On August 12 2016, NAR joined the world in celebrating the International Day of Youth with the theme: The Role of Youth in Poverty Alleviation and Achieving Sustainability. Held at Novotel Hotel, the celebrations brought together 72 participants (29F, 43M) comprising of representatives from Business Development Fund (BDF), NAR staff, youth from respective clubs/associations and media from Kigali. The discussions centered on the successes and challenges of entrepreneurship and innovation facing young entrepreneurs. Research, networking and information were identified as important for business start-ups. Challenges highlighted by youth were lack of skills in project development, lack of start-up capital and mentorship. In response to these challenges, passion, perseverance and patience were highlighted as key factors that sustain business environment.

Monthly peace dialogues and spaces for peace 

During this quarter, 14 spaces were conducted (4 schooling, 5 community groups and 5 non – schooling).

Results of peace dialogues

Nine groups were operational, 4 schooling groups and 5 non-schooling groups. Youth developed an understanding of individual wounds and expressed what they hope to achieve as a result of their participation in the monthly peace dialogues. Peace dialogue has positively changed the lives of young people, as one participant said that he feels at home during peace dialogue.

International Day of Peace (IDP)

NAR in partnership with the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) joins the world in celebrating the International Day of Peace, every year through youth parliamentarian exchange which brings together youth from around the country. This year’s theme was ‘Building blocks for Peace: The role of youth in promoting peace and sustainable development.’ NAR and NURC organized a session, which brought together 400 participants, to enable interaction between young people and members of parliament on issues of concern to the youth. Concerns were raised on the lack of a peace culture ingrained in the education system. It was concluded that the lessons on peace start at the family level since that is the foundation of how people view issues and how they are likely to behave in future. Both parents and teachers play a big role in shaping a child’s perception of peace. The responsibility to establish a peace culture should not be left to teachers only. Every citizen is required to play their role in peace building.

Peace Building Success Story