Teach Peace Development, a Canadian not-for-profit organization, has been built upon the belief that no child should be used as a weapon of war and that targeted education can break this cycle. Building upon past international military service of some of our team members and specialized educational training of others, along with one member’s previous involvement with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative, the team is working to develop a robust curriculum that can be delivered to educators in their home villages. The content will focus on such topics as; the right of the child, teacher as advocate, safe school foundations, threats to children by armed groups, and effective responses and solutions for targeted students.
By educating those in direct contact with children – the teachers – we can help build knowledge and practice that will contribute to the prevention and use of child soldiers in a meaningful way.
Let Kids Be Kids: My Journey of Advocacy for Child Soldiers | Matthew Oostvogels | TEDxGrandePrairie: Life is a journey, and the diversity in Matthew’s past has taught him many lessons in inter-connectivity and purpose. Now, more than ever, he understands the power in the words of Nelson Mandela; “Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can use to change the world.”
We believe in a world where no child is taken advantage of by abduction, coercion, or any other tactics used to persuade a child to be in anyway involved in war. By educating those in direct contact with children – the teachers – we can help build knowledge and practice that will contribute to the prevention and use of child soldiers in a meaningful way.
Please see the recent article published on Matthew Oostvogels in Move Up Magazine, Issue 16, Vol. XVI, November 2017.
Visit the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative and check out the VTECS program.
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