Can education influence epigenetic trauma? The teachers of Rwanda replied with a resounding “yes” after three Kigali districts embarked on a Full-Circle Learning (FCL) training that benefited 1978 students.
Twenty-eight years - a full generation - after the 1994 genocide, Madam Uwera Gakumba, the deputy principal at Kariyeri Primary and Secondary School, commended the FCL model, saying the “holistic approach to education is exactly what the Rwanda’s education [system] and general community needs.”
Madam Alphonsine, of Gatsata School, added, “this program will have a huge positive impact on the teachers, learners, and the community towards peace building, especially with Rwanda’s history of the genocide.”
The Rwandan training program launched in 2023, to enhance the nation’s competence-based curriculum with a common vision and with peacemaking strategies that enhance altruistic identities, according FCL’s Eric Muleya, who traveled there from Zambia to conduct the training. He could see a positive impact within days. Some schools requested international wisdom exchanges, while others from outlying provinces asked that the pro bono service be expanded, for the sake of education and community development in their regions.
The FCL capacity-building program was presented in collaboration with Dr. Eric NDushabandi’s Center for Research, Human Rights, and Democracy for Peace (CRHRD-4 PEACE), along with UYISENGANMANZI (UNM), These two Rwandan organizations work toward universal education and peace building to reverse the effects of the genocide.
In the photo, Eric Muleya and FCL board member Sana Moussavi flank teachers who received their certificates in February 2023.