Through Interactions for Peace, CPI Kenya seeks to educate children about the importance of peace among themselves and within the society in which they live. Children are the future generation in our society; as such, they should be taught and molded into the society that we envision for the future. CPI Kenya has embraced this concept and established the Interactions for Peace Program. This program teaches children about peace, its advantages and how to practice it and enforce it in their context and society in which they live in.
The program involves formation of peace clubs in various primary schools whereby the children are taken through lessons that instill leadership skills and peace related values. These lessons mold the characters of the children through nurturing values of tolerance, diversity, inclusivity, confidence, resilience, cooperation, respect, team work and friendship. The children are therefore able to embrace social, cultural differences and appreciate diversity as attributes of social growth and social awareness.
Once the children have completed their peace program, they become members of the peace patrol within their respective schools. The main objective of the Peace Patrol is ensuring that peace prevails in the school environment to ensure that the children feel safe and confident to learn in a conducive atmosphere without fear of criticism and bullying. It also helps to build the children’s self-confidence so that they can pursue their educational goals without peer pressure or undue influence from others.
It is CPI Kenya’s long-term goal to enroll all schools in Kenya in the Interactions for Peace program to ensure and maintain peace throughout the country.
In conclusion, we reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” We strive to spread a greater understanding of peace across all schools in Kenya.