News, Updates, and Upcoming Events

Peace and Conflict Studies in the South of Rwanda – Scholarships

The Department for Peace and Conflict Studies at PIASS has issued an Invitation to apply for International Peace Scholarships to Study Peace-Building, open to African (non-Rwandan) students including refugees living in Rwanda. These scholarships are for competent African international students who would like to pursue the 3-year Honors Bachelor’s degree in Peace-Building and Development, starting in January 2023.

 A call to Rwandan youth to apply for full and partial scholarships in the same program has also been issued.

The  Application deadline for both international and national scholarships is November 20,  2022. If you are interested, please ask us to send you the respective call for applications!

Thank you!

Different former professional interns and former graduates, Gorret Kanyana, a Rwandan graduate of Peace and Conflict Studies, and Linda Balola Sylvine, from DR Congo, continued supporting PIASS CRASPD in different activities, among them joining teams for Alternatives to Violence Program workshops and for the introductions to Nonviolent Communication (Listening to Connect Workshops) with Dismas, another of our graduates. Our current intern, Gloire Sebuyange from DR Congo, one of the best graduates of the 2022 class, is greatly supporting the team, not only being on the team for different AVP workshops in English and in French, including an AVP basic workshop for APC in Goma in July and an AVP workshop with Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle in Gisenyi (at the border to DR Congo) in May 2022, but also with reporting and monitoring for the AVP workshops held at PIASS.

Tomoki Sasaki, Dr. Kazuyuki’s son who is studying in the US, continues to volunteer with CRASPD by supporting the editorial work for different publications of CRASPD. We extend our warm gratitude to all our interns, volunteers and AVP facilitators who are joining workshop teams. With their support and the energy, time and creativity, work becomes much less challenging and much more enjoyable – thank you!


The biannual work report of the Center for Research and Action towards Sustainable Peace and Development (CRASPD) at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), for the period from January to June 2020 is available now.
Because of the outbreak of the Corona virus disease (Covid-19) in Rwanda in March 2020, several activities planned in this period were cancelled or postponed, but some others could be conducted successfully and safely.

The CRASPD Biannual Report I/2020 can be downloaded here

Nuclear Weapons Banned:

A Critical Thinking Discussion on the TPNW Entry into Force Day

On January 22, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force.  To mark this great occasion and success of international peace movement, CRASPD, together with the PIASS Peace Club, organized an online critical thinking discussion about the danger of nuclear weapons, the significance of the contract and the future of atomic weapons and nuclear materials. Students, graduates and friends of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies of PIASS from Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo and different countries in the region, as well as from Central America and Japan joined the event.

 The discussion was facilitated by the Local Peace Advisor of PIASS, together with two graduates of the department of Peace and Conflict Studies of PIASS, one of them in South Sudan, and the other in DR Congo who had been trained in facilitating Critical Thinking Discussions in PIASS during their studies.

The participants many of whom had not known much about nuclear weapons and the dangers of the exploitation and use of nuclear materials before this event, were deeply impressed by the statement of Setsuko Thurlow. She is one of the survivors of the atomic bomb that devastated Hiroshima in 1945 in Japan, the country who, many years later, suffered from the nuclear disaster at the power plant of Fukushima. Her statement read: “ It is vitally important that we all understand that the nuclear age will continue for beyond the nuclear weapon age”.

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