MASERU, Development for Peace Education held an orientation workshop for principals and teachers on the peace education for teachers at Mazenod, Maseru on the 20th September 2021.

Reverend Father Tšepo Mosoeu, the National Animator at DPE described the workshop as the contribution that DPE makes to building culture of peace in schools. “ in delivering the peace education for teachers, DPE shall join hands with Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) regional coordinating committee to help teachers with ways through which to instill peace values in students without extra classes”. He said. The HWPL coordinator for peace education Nancy Rauspulous based in Cape Town encouraged teachers to be determined to improve peace situation in their schools because educating for peace is wonderful.

The reception from the principals and teachers was very positive. Those who have tried Peaceful School Model have given testimony that student unruliness has reduced, there is more positive and proactive involvement of students in the schoolwork. Ntate Nchoba Peshoane from Mokoallong High School said that students are actively involved in the study times, they take responsibility and are eager to do things right. The similar feedback was echoed by the Ha Reeng High School in Seforong, which has been hit by the strikes.

This course will run for the 12 months and in September 2022, teachers would receive certificates. There shall be monthly online contact sessions given teachers opportunity to implement and try what they would have learned in the module in classroom. This is part of the series of activities lined up for the marking of International Peace Day 2021 organised by DPE.

This has been made possible by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. The DPE robustness on peace in the education sector is derived from the committed engagement giving Peaceful School Model prominence through the support by the Brot and other partners Denmark Lesotho Network and Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.

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