The goal of the twinning program is to increase Canadian primary school students’ knowledge and understanding of African cultures and people and further develop a sense of empathy and social responsibility. We believe that the new friendships created will equally enrich the experience of the children in Canada and in Africa through CNIS’ peace building initiatives.
Once matched, the schools and Canadian students will begin building a relationship with African school children through letter writing, art and geography projects, and any other ways the Canadian teachers wish to integrate the twinning into their classroom.
CNIS has taught thousands of grade-5 students in Africa how to resolve disputes without resorting to violence in the course called Peace Building for Elementary Schools. This fall we are teaching the course in eight primary schools in Axum, Ethiopia. We are inviting Vancouver primary schools to become ‘twin-schools’ with these schools in Africa.
The goal of the Peace Building course is to instill values of living and working cooperatively with tolerance and respect, while caring for others in the community. The course informs children of the dangers of violence and teaches them how to prevent and resolve disputes and become agents for peace.
Twinned schools will be recognized with special mention of schools that bring new and innovative ideas to the program. Find out how you can participate in the twinning program by contacting us today.
Read more about CNIS’ non-violent conflict-resolution course