Peacebuilding- The peace building Pillars aims at promoting mutual understanding, respect, and use of non-violent conflict resolution processes among citizens in order to build sustainable peace. Activities in this program are aimed at informing and educating the society on how they can effectively prevent genocide and work towards a sustainable peace. Components include ; Conflict Transformation, healing, psychosocial support, social cohesion, genocide prevention and peace education. Activities involve
Never Again Rwanda hosts Peace-Building Institutes twice a year in Rwanda. Guided by the theme, “What can Rwanda teach the World?” the Institute brings together exceptional young people from around the world to discuss and learn about genocide history and prevention, transitional justice, and good governance and development.
Civic Participation and Peacebuilding Project:
Through this project, NAR provides spaces for youth from different backgrounds to voice their own concerns about peace processes in their communities. The project Includes football tournaments for unity and peace, critical thinking training, and offers opportunities for cross-cultural exchange on peacebuilding challenges with youth from Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It also provides safe spaces where youth come together to discuss peacebuilding issues that are important to them while supporting their peers in dealing with the past and shaping the future.
The Peace Building pillar facilitates annual essay competitions in which entrants write about peace-related topics, the challenges to long term peace and proposed solutions to remedy or ameliorate conflict.
Peace building and Commemoration Conference:
Never Again Rwanda believes that the remembrance (commemoration) and public speaking about Genocide committed against Tutsi in Rwanda, its preparations, how it was executed and its consequences are some of the pathways for preventing it from reoccurring in and outside Rwanda. This activity seeks to empower youth with critical thinking skills and civic participation opportunities.
NAR conducts training, workshops, national and international public speaking competitions, national and regional conferences on topics related to dealing with traumatic past to build a better future. These activities help youth to understand how the past can be reflected on to build a brighter future and get more involved in peace building processes.
As part of the civic participation and commemoration project, NAR organizes genocide commemoration efforts every year in April to remember and to learn from the 1994 genocide against Tutsis. The National Conference on Commemoration Policy and Practice in Rwanda, unites Rwandan youth from different backgrounds to discuss commemoration practices in Rwanda and to reflect on their role in promoting peace and strengthening Rwandan society.
Rwanda Peacebuilding Empowerment Project:
Through this project, youth from Never Again Rwanda clubs and associations learn about mediation and conflict resolution through regular workshops. They are supported to put their trainings into practice in their communities.
Great Lakes Peace-Building Project:
The Great Lakes Peace-Building works to promote education and cross-border dialogue for peace to prevent conflicts and to prepare future generations to cope with challenges. It promotes tolerance of differences and the use of non-violent conflict resolution. Key activities in this program include conducting research on conflicts related to land issues, identity manipulation and migration in the Great Lakes region, hosting radio shows, facilitating cross-border peace dialogues and building the capacity of civil society to engage in peacebuilding work in the region; enabling citizens to propose solutions for these issues and to create links between citizens and decision-makers. This program also puts a focus on youth as key actors for change.