Armed conflicts currently impact 39 societies worldwide. Over 300,000 children fight in these wars while countless others are affected by resulting hunger, disease and displacement. Peacetime crises like domestic abuse, terrorism, and gang violence are at critical levels in nations around the world. Without alternative frameworks, children grow up learning that conflict is best addressed with weapons, and cycles of violence continue.
The Insight Peace Education Project champions the prevention of violence by providing conflict resolution education to primary schoolchildren and their communities. With the strategic coordination of local leaders, state officials and international stakeholders, the project presents an innovative approach to a visionary goal: give every child on Earth the tools to create peace.
Insight Collaborative brings a unique contribution to youth conflict resolution education through our experience, expertise and partnerships relevant to conflict resolution skills and theory.
Curricula used in each of our local programs are highly customized, developed in collaboration with local communities to ensure that:
1) Subject matter and administration methods have relevance within the respective cultural, political and historical spheres of each society; and
2) Local citizens and decision-makers have ownership and authority over curriculum content and implementation.
Curriculum development phases are guided by an existing framework built from Insight’s expertise in conflict resolution training and our world-class network of colleagues and partners. We have gathered the best ideas and methods from a range of established professionals and practitioners in peace education to create teaching modules that facilitate curriculum development, teacher training, state involvement and program longevity.
Sample topics guiding local curricula development include:
Agreement and Disagreement, Diversity, Violence and Nonviolence, Listening and Speaking, Conflict – Causes and Consequences, Conflict Management – Options and Solutions
Our strategic framework has been developed to prioritize the customization of each country’s peace education program and implementation process. Our goal to provide every child with conflict resolution skills can only be reached with thorough attention to local contexts. Action plans in each country are guided by a ten-step process.
These steps serve as a guide for the process of developing and implementing peace curriculum in collaboration with local communities.
Social change on local and global levels can only succeed in wide collaboration. The following organizations support our work, generously lending interdisciplinary expertise, local contacts and solidarity in the promotion of peace worldwide.
Human Rights Focus
Ugandan National Teachers Union
Facing History and Ourselves
Heather McClintock Photography
African Youth Initiative Network
Interactive Radio for Justice
Ingouville and Nelson
Agoro Community Development Association
Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative
The Charity Rights Arts Foundation
Uganda has suffered more than two decades of war. It experienced fragile stability in recent years only to topple back into violent conflict. Nearly 2 million people were displaced and over 50,000 children forced to serve in armed forces.
Children suffered disproportionately under the regime of violence. At the height of the war, as many as 40,000 children, known as “night commuters,” walked unsupervised every night to urban centers. There they slept on streets, in bus stations and on the floors of abandoned buildings to avoid abduction by armed forces. Those who stayed in rural areas risked joining the 60,000 children believed to have been abducted since 1986.
In July 2006, after twenty years of armed conflict, peace talks between the LRA and the Ugandan government began in Juba, Sudan. Although talks were tainted by lack of cooperation on both sides, a ceasefire was developed and came into force in August 2006. Also causing controversy were indictments for war crimes in Uganda released by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague. Uganda was the first country addressed by ICC indictments and gave rise to widespread debate regarding the role of international justice in the peace process.
Implementation of the initial ceasefire was weak, and the pangs of transition marred the region, including cuts in food aid, incidents of urban political unrest and increasing related violence in the DRC. In February 2008, continued talks resulted in a permanent ceasefire. However, the LRA’s infamous leader, Joseph Kony, failed to appear at the signing.
In addition to its recent history, the current crossroads northern Uganda faces compelled Insight to implement its pilot program. Although the peace process has failed, the Ugandan government’s enthusiasm for peace education is reflected in recent draft laws providing for such programming. Uganda’s stability remains fragile and lingering social divisions, widespread poverty and declining international attention threatens genuine progress. Without innovative approaches to rebuilding society, citizens are at risk of facing repeated warfare or peacetime crises like violent crime, vigilante justice and domestic abuses. Finally, over a dozen local organizations working toward related goals have demonstrated enthusiasm for our project and emphasized society’s acute need for this specific support.
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