Peace Education

Allowing children to become advocates of peace

Peace Education is a structured, multi-disciplinary program that develops a child’s self-expression and critical thinking through five key pillars: Debating, Human Rights Awareness, Peace Buidling, Advocacy and Leadership.

The Ducere Foundation Peace Education Program is build on the Botswana tradition of the kgotla, a place for peaceful resolution of conflict demonstrating a thousands year old tradition of democracy. 

Teachers and Ducere Mentors work together using the Dūcere Peace Manual – a guide that contains subject outlines and activities for children to apply what they have learnt. Reading materials cover a broad range of topics from animal rights to child persecution, all of which are customised for cultural sensitivities and national relevancy. Topics are explored together in a Peace Club setting that is both age-appropriate and productive, covering the five key pillars:

  • Debating introduces and develops the skills of argument to students, including research, analysis, public speaking, teamwork, confidence and communication. Interschool debate programs and an annual debate competition are held.
  • Human Rights introduces the concepts of rights and responsibilities and allows for the discussion of topics around race, persecution of children, gender equality, sustainability and animal rights.
  • Peace Building focuses on conflict resolution and encourages the creation of peace clubs and peer support programs. Peace Building concentrates on anti-bullying within the school, as well as broader concepts of peace and justice on a larger scale.
  • Advocacy provides pathways for students to share their opinions, protect their cultural tradition and generate respect or leadership. Students use assemblies and the kgotla (or Peace Centre) as a platform for raising awareness of issues that they are passionate about.
  • Leadership is instilled focusing on its importance and meaning. Students engage in leadership activities such as mentoring younger students in lower year levels so that they can leave a legacy where learning and leading are natural partners.

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