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Kenyan Students learn from SEP in Rwanda
an article by Jean de Dieu Basabose

On 25th August 2011, A group of 22 students from the Kenya Methodist University who are members of the Peace club paid a visit to Shalom, Educating for Peace (SEP). These students have been saving up for months to come to Rwanda to learn from and be inspired by SEPs peace work, as well as other reconciliation efforts in Rwanda.


Students from the Kenyan Methodist University visit us in Rwanda

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An exchange session between the Kenya Methodist University students and the Peace Club at Doctrina Vitae College (which SEP has a long relationship with) took place during the visit. The students from Rwanda and Kenya had the opportunity to ask questions, learn from and inspire one another. Marie Therese Mirindi, a board member of SEP, addresses the students, urging them to make use of the opportunities they have. She described how she and others of her generation were never taught about peace. But now, young people have the opportunity to change the course of history through understanding peace and nonviolence.

Through the exchange, the idea of developing an initiative aimed at creating a network of peace education clubs in East Africa schools and universities was raised.

Shalom seeks to walk alongside individuals, organizations and communities, reminding us of our shared humanity and the necessity of a nonviolent way of life. Working primarily in the Great Lakes region, we meet together with communities to draw out the stories and conversations that would lead to more deeply understanding and accepting one another, and equip people with the skills to interact in a way that brings about reconciliation.

Come and walk this road with us!

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This report was posted on December 17, 2011.