Sustainability of peace depends largely on the intellectual and moral solidarity. Peace education seeks to develop this solidarity by building a culture of peace. Through education, it is possible for humans to develop peaceful culture. However; it can sometimes be difficult to imagine building a peaceful culture in societies that for generations have conformed to violent means of resolving conflicts. Shalom’s approach enhances hope in achieving this culture of peace not only by conducting analytical peacebuilding workshops that targets various community stakeholders, but also supporting inter-ethnic school infrastructure to contribute to a better quality of education.
Over 2OO inter-ethnic schools have been supported by Shalom-SCCRR mostly in the Counties of Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu that occasionally witnesses violent conflict over limited resources. Shalom-SCCRR has established Peace Clubs in some of the schools designed for both primary and secondary schools aimed at fostering a culture of peace among the students. In addition SCCRR has assisted inter-ethnic schools in various ways like the construction and renovation materials for classrooms, school lighting facilities including solar units to facilitate lighting since most of these regions have no electricity supply, teaching materials raging from text books and exercise books as well as laboratory apparatus.
Number of schools shalom has supported since 2010
SCCRR-Shalom strives to ensure that communities are well equipped with skills and knowledge to identify and resolve conflicts through non-violent means in order to preserve inter and intra-ethnic relationships. SCCRR-Shalom is also dedicated to the improvement of education especially in zones divided by ethnic conflict. By supporting under-privileged inter-ethnic schools with various equipment for teaching and learning we influence the sustainability of a society and contribute to the preservation of relationships beyond one’s ethnic or religious group.
Our gratitude extend to all our donors who share the vision of empowerment and development. With your continuous support, we can begin to actualize this reality.
By Austin Ngacha
Education Program Assistance