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HPI Research Forum on November 22, 2017
〝Fostering Young People as Peacebuilders: Learning from Rwanda’s Experience″
By Dr. Kazuyuki Sasaki, Head of Department, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, PIASS
The Hiroshima Peace Institute held the HPI Research Forum, co-hosted with Chugoku-Shikoku Branch of the Japan Association for African Studies, as follows:
“Fostering Young People as Peacebuilders: Learning from Rwanda’s Experience”
Dr. Kazuyuki Sasaki, Head of Department, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, PIASS
3. Date and Time
November 22, 2017 (Wed.) 17:30-19:30
Seminar Room 1, Satellite Campus, Hiroshima City University
9F Otemachi Heiwa Building, 4-1-1 Otemachi, Nakaku, Hiroshima
5. Abstract of the Forum
In May 2013, nearly twenty years after the Genocide in Rwanda, the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) established a bachelor’s degree program in peace studies for the first time in the country. Dr. Sasaki will introduce and examine the educational contents of the peace studies degree program as well as the challenges it has been facing with particular reference to the following questions:
- What is the purpose of the peace studies program?
- What motivates students to join the program?
- As a program established in Rwanda, what are the unique features of the program in terms of its educational contents?
- What are the major challenges faced in the implementation of the program?
After the lecture, there will be a panel discussion by Ms. Floriane Niyungeko (a Burundian graduate of PIASS), Ms. Yu Mukoji (a Japanese student of HCU) and Dr. Sasaki.
6. Profile of Kazuyuki Sasaki
Dr. Sasaki is a scholar-practitioner with over two decades of experience working in the field of peacebuilding and development, especially in Rwanda and Ethiopia. Since 2005, he has been supporting various peace and reconciliation initiatives of Rwandan people, one of which is the establishment of the Peace and Conflict Studies Department at PIASS, a higher learning institute where he currently works as senior lecturer. He holds a Master’s degree in Rural Development from Cornell University in USA and a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in UK.