WORKSHOP FOR SCHOOL CLUBS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS SUPERVISORS ON TOLERENCE, PREVENTION AND PEACEFUL CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
In response to one of its strategic axes “Human rights education”, APDH organized a capacity building workshop for the benefit of 30 supervisors from school clubs housed in 15 schools (6 schools in the province of Ngozi and 9 schools of Muyinga province). The training focused on tolerance, prevention and peaceful management of conflicts, as part of a joint program with the AFJB (Association des Femmes Juristes du Burundi), in contribution to the main objective: "Support and promote the fulfillment of rights, prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts for the benefit of vulnerable populations”.
The objective of the training is mainly to build the capacities of the mentors in order to better do their work of mentoring and teaching human rights in their respective schools. This training will help them to organize feedback sessions for the benefit of the students grouped within the clubs, around the targeted themes by the training.
For three consecutive days, the trainer insisted a lot on “tolerance” and the rest of the training was reserved for “peaceful conflict management.”
WHAT IS TOLERENCE? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT IN THE WORK OF TEACHERS WITHIN SCHOOL CLUBS?
In his presentation, the trainer started with the definition, importance, advantages and different forms of tolerance before showing the place of tolerance in all social values.
Having recognized tolerance as the pivotal value of other universal values and quoting Mr. Gandhi:
«The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see Truth in fragment and from different points of vision ...." Mr. Gandhi,
the trainer could not but show how this value, so dear to man in general and to our young people in particular, can be served in schools within school clubs in which our participants are mentors:
"How do we create more understanding, more harmony in our relationships with others, or with our loved ones? How to relate to tolerance to really evolve, to change? How can we instill it in our young students of the future world of tomorrow to gradually establish a world of peace, justice, equity and respect for Human Rights?”
The feedback of the achievements of this training could be of monumental importance for the students-members of the clubs "... It will benefit them now and in the future, thus they will have more opportunities in education and in business. Others will see in them qualities such as understanding and valuing their neighbor as well as harmonious teamwork. "
But above all, framers must know that they are called to be role models of this value in order to be able to reflect it. In short, their role in this perspective is vital: “The students are a reflection of their parents, teachers and other family members. Logically, when we come up with clean, absolute, and prejudiced opinions, we teach them to do the same. "And he continues..." Since children are not born tolerant by nature, it is of great importance to start educating them in this way from an early age "and according to the trainer, the best ways to teach tolerance to children are:
Challenge selfish and rude attitudes in their early social environments.
Reinforce their personality and their courage in the wake of injustice.
These moments of warm reflection are ideal for instilling a specific value in the child. In addition, we can answer their questions in a logical, explanatory way and without any external obligation.
Be their best examples
Teach them how to seek unity and respect, and common ground instead of fighting.
Allow them to work in groups.
Play games with them that promote the difference of opinions.
Help them have high self-esteem and feel respected, valued and accepted.
Teach them the various religious festivals and celebrations that are not part of their tradition.
Answer children's questions about the differences, but in a respectful and honest manner. They will then learn that it is possible to observe and analyze differences.
Demonstrate your recognition and acceptance of the differences that exist in your own family.
Valuing the abilities, styles and interests that make each member unique.
It is on these recommendations that the topic was closed before starting that of the peaceful management of conflicts.