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“Peace is to have freedom, human rights, and to be free from violence,” Princess Katrina Sarah Sangalyambogo - Kampala International School Uganda (KISU)
From the 22nd of September to the 22nd of October, ACFODE was hosting Children’s Training Workshops on Peace. These workshops were part of the activities organized by ACFODE to celebrate the International Day of Peace. They were intended to enable pupils understand and define peace, and to enable them playfully share opinions and discuss the relevance of peace to them.
Among the participating schools were Kisuule Primary School, and Kampala International School Uganda (KISU).
The activities organized during the workshops were; storytelling, exploration of the international exhibition on peace, and creation of own art works like for instance the peace tree, and dove. Participants also watched a movie (which was usually followed by plenary discussions on peace), and also signed on the peace quilt.
They also drew rainbows, and participated in singing competitions. At the end of the workshops, every participant was awarded with a Certificate of Participation.
These workshops basically used meaningful play, and provided the groundwork for children to articulate their thoughts and work through their differences such that a paradigm for problem solving and peacemaking in the next generation is established.
Like M.K. Gandhi once said that “If we are to teach real peace in this world, we should have to begin with children,” ACFODE through the use of these workshops decided to follow suit. At the end of the day, laughter and happiness were shared between these children, their teachers, ACFODE staff and the facilitators.
The ideas they shared about peace were really amazing. Below are some of the peace messages that they shared during the workshops;
“Love and forgiveness is part of peace,” Kalil Mankok
“Peace is love, faithfulness, forgiveness, relaxation and freedom,” Simone
“Peace is to be glad with other people, and to be kind since we are all special,” Lio
“If you have peace with yourself, you will have peace with others” Abigail
Follow link to view pictures from the workshops; https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.271622419540205.57032.175465652489216&type=1