Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
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. 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.
Inspired by children’s rights, Teach Peace Development strives to empower children to identify risk and resist recruitment as child soldiers through collaborative, targeted education and delivery of professional development training for teachers and child advocates, globally.
Our classroom kits will include a Teacher's Manual, a children's book titled- Akiki's Journey and the Rights of the Child, pencil colours, and writing material for the children. It will be a kit that stays with the the classroom teacher who has completed the professional development training.
Akiki's Journey and the Rights of the Child was created in pursuit of providing educational resources for African teachers and their students to bring awareness to these risks and realities. The following fictional story highlights Akiki's journey of recruitment, becoming a child solider in Uganda, and his rehabilitation. The story is underscored by themes of friendship, hope and belonging. Our vision is that this book can be used across cultures and contexts to bring awareness for those children most at risk.
Teach Peace Development Inc., 2018-2021