Peace Literacy: Contributions of Building Reconciliation in City Center in Plateau State
Katrina A. Korb, Awodi Cornelius, Joseph Emmanuel, and Okwara Salvagain
Faculty ofEducation University ofJos. Jos
Jos has suffered from widespread inter-communal violence far over ten years, resulting in the schools being segregated along religious lines. To address these problems, Building Reconciliation in City Center (BRiCC) has recently begun extramural lessons in one of the few neighbourhoods where Christians and Muslims still live in close proximity One component o fthe extramural lessons is a peace literacy programme where children read storybooks with messages related to peace. The two key goals of the peace literacy programme are to improve children’s literacy skills and to help children develop attitudes and skills that foster peaceful co—existence. This paper described the
peace literacyprogramme. An evaluation ofthe program through interviews with the leaders of the programme revealed that the programme has made modest success in achieving these two goals in itsfirst year ojprogramming. In conclusion, reading storybooks with peacc~related themes can bea good toolforfostering the development ofskills and attitudes related to peaceful co-existence.