Reconciliation in Burundian Schools

20 June 2023|Paula Casado Aguirregabiria

Eastern Africa is a volatile region where wars and conflict have severely impacted the lives of people in this area of the war.

Conflicts lived in certain areas in the region are brought by the refugees running to neighbouring countries. In their backpacks there is suffering, there is trauma, there is grief and also, there are grievances kept. As a result of that, added to harsh life conditions and sometimes problems for inclusion in host countries, conflict among refugees and sometimes host communities can be fuelled easily.

The [refugee] camps welcome people from different cultures and traditions in one same place. And because of the past experiences they have lived, it is easy for conflict to be triggered among them.
Ange Ichinkwa, Reconciliation Assistant JRS Burundi

JRS has a special focus on Reconciliation programmes like the Peace Clubs in Burundi.

Since 2019, AECID has been supporting the enhancement of resilience among children and adolescents in Congolese refugee camps in Burundi. This support is achieved through educational initiatives that promote safe, inclusive, and gender-sensitive learning environments in the refugee camps for Congolese individuals in Burundi.

As part of this project, Ange, JRS Reconciliation Assistant in the country, organises regular sessions with students in different schools to discus about peace, about non-violent conflict resolution, and about reconciliation. We as JRS also train youths to be Peace Ambassadors, to spread the knowledge and message of peace taught by JRS Reconciliation teams.

Watch this video to know more about the Peace Clubs in Ruyigi School (Burundi):

This has been possible thanks to the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development / Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID)