Peace Clubs

Joan Alty

Joan E. Alty, LLB, is serving a six-year volunteer assignment in S.A. as Co-Representative of MCC  (the relief and development arm of the North American Mennonite Churches).  She is jointly responsible for over-sight of the peace programming for MCC and is currently providing leadership in the Peace Clubs initiative in Kwa-Zulu Natal. 

This workshop will inform attendees about one strategy for non-violence that is readily accessible to any school, initiating a Peace Clubs.   The presentation will draw on the 7-year experience in Zambia (Lusaka and Choma) and the recent initiation of Peace Clubs in South Africa (Pietermaritzburg and Eldorado Park).  In Lusaka, “Peace Club” the now registered NGO has a waiting list of schools that want to become peace club schools.  Learners are choosing peace clubs over sports!  They are learning life skills while having a safe place to share their concerns.  The workshop will discuss the methodology for peace clubs and provide an overview of the curriculum. The curriculum has been developed in such a way that interested teachers can use it without needing a great deal of peace and conflict resolution training or outside support. Then, to give participants an opportunity to work with the curriculum and the concept, everyone will participate in a peace club class.