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TLS Community Workshop August 26

Preparing for the International Day of Peace: Children’s Peace Libraries of Rwanda

August Community Workshop GraphicPresented by Francine Muhawenimana, TLC
Hosted by The Labyrinth Society on Zoom

August 26, 2023, 12–1:30 p.m. EDT (click to view in your time zone)

The Transformational Leadership Center (TLC) is a Rwandan nonprofit organization which focuses on sustainable community development and poverty reduction for a peaceful future. One of our programs is the Children’s Peace Libraries. We began to create Children’s Peace Libraries in 2009 as a way to provide peace education to children in the community and encourage reading among children. Currently we have six (6) libraries located in different districts. These libraries are focused on developing both a culture of reading and a culture of peace in the children. The libraries have books of all levels and are available in English and Kinyarwanda for children to read and borrow. Children’s Peace Libraries also has organized programming such as Read Aloud, Peer Mediation training, Peace Labyrinth, peace debate and peace clubs.

Each year the International Day of Peace (IDP) is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. This year’s theme is Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals. It is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace.

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  • $15 for non-members
  • $10 for TLS Members
  • No cost for TLS Regional Reps

Francine MuhawenimanaFrancine Muhawenimana
Transformational Leadership Center

Francine is a Rwandan born who lives with her husband, Daniel Nteziyaremye, and three young children in Kigali. Her family attends a local Quaker church in Kigali. She graduated with her bachelors in Rural Development at the University of Lay Adventist of Kigali (UNILAK). After graduation, she worked in RWANERELA+ as a Field Officer working with people living with HIV+ from 2009-2014. In this role, she supported those with HIV+ and trained them how to continue a sustainable and financially stable future as a collective community. Since 2015, she has been working in peacebuilding. Currently Francine works with Transformational Leadership Center (TLC) in Kigali as the Libraries Coordinator for their Children’s Peace Libraries. At TLC, Francine coordinates and monitors the various Children’s Peace Libraries throughout Rwanda and leads local children’s peace clubs and peace debates. She is also a facilitator in conflict resolution, children’s read aloud programs, peer mediation,Labyrinth program,trauma healing and alternative to violence programs. She is working on introducing these programs and training facilitators at schools in neighboring countries. She is also a labyrinth regional representative. Through her work, Francine hopes to create a future generation of peacemakers in Rwanda. She is passionate about working with children and teaching them about conflict while also encouraging a culture of reading and education.

TLS Community Workshops

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