Student Trauma First Aid Training Project
Ahead of the PIASS Commemoration of lecturers and students killed on PIASS campus during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, CRASPD, in collaboration with the PIASS PEace Club, conducted a Trauma First Aid Refresher Training on April 29 to 30, 2019, with an aim to refresh and update the knowledge and skills of the student Mental Health Advisors who had been trained in 2017 and 2018. These skills are acquired to be able to help people with emotional crises during genocide commemoration events. The trainer, Therese Uwitonze, a clinical psychologist at Mental Health Dignity Foundation (MHDF, http://mhdf-rwanda.website2.me/) reviewed some basic concepts with the participants and gave them many opportunities to practice approaches and techniques to support people who are in emotional turmoil. Towards the end of the training, the participants, in collaboration with the trainer and members of the PIASS Red Cross Club, formed support teams who would be on duty with different tasks during the commemoration event at PIASS. More about the Student Trauma First Aid Training project can be found in an article that is in press and will soon be published as part of a Colloquium documentation.
BA in Peace Building and Development
The Honors Bachelor Degree Course in Peace Building and Development is the first academic program offered by the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at PIASS.
We offer short certificate courses for peace and development practitioners, community and religious leaders, and others concerned with sustainable peace and development.
Information and networking visit from the Presbyterian Church South Sudan
From Sunday, February 24, to Wednesday, February 27, 2019, PIASS and its Department of Peace and Conflict Studies had the honor and pleasure to welcome a delegation from the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan. The visit was organized by Reverend Catherine Day, who is serving at the PIASS Faculty of Theology since many years as a Mission Co Worker sent by the Presbyterian Church of the USA. The visitors came from RECONCILE Peace Institute in Yei and from Nile Theological College (NTC) in Juba. Besides a meeting with the Vice Chancellor, an introduction to our work in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies by Dr. Kazuyuki and a presentation of CRASPD and our activities, we organized a mini session to familiarize the visitors with the Alternatives to Violence Program. For this purpose, Dr. Penine, meanwhile the Deputy Vice Chancellor of PIASS joined us, and we had invited some of the AVP facilitators we had trained in 2017 and 2018. After a round of introductions, where we showed that our AVPers are coming from different countries (Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania and other countries) and walks of life (different faculties and student clubs), we invited the visitors to join an affirmation exercise which they visibly enjoyed. One of them commented: “I have been working in prisons with youth offenders at the beginning of my ministry; if I imagine that they can get this message that there is –and others believe that there is – something good in them and that they can work on contributing to the wellbeing of others and the community, I trust that this can change their lives to the positive, and this is amazing.” The next day, the delegation traveled to Nyanza to visit the Umucyo Women’s Reconciliation and Livelihood project
Workshop on Peace Related Concept for Peace Club Committees
Upon request of the PIASS Peace Club, CRASPD held a workshop on peace related concepts with 14 members of Peace Clubs at Buhimba Secondary School, PIASS Karongi Campus, and the ‘mother’ PIASS (Huye) Peace Club, on the weekend June 29-31, 2018 at the Huye Campus. It was facilitated by the CRASPD Peace Officer, Floriane Niyungeko, and Assistant Coordinator, Muvunyi Serge. In conclusion, all three peace clubs drafted a tentative activity plan which they will now develop further in communication with the members of each club.