Engaging Young Peacebuilders from a DC Elementary School

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The Global Peacebuilding Center at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) was pleased to host a 5th grade group from Stoddert Elementary School in Washington, DC this week for a peacebuilding workshop.

The young students learned about USIP’s work and about some of the ways in which peacebuilding happens around the world. They discussed what it means to be a peacebuilder and the qualities that are important to cultivate, and they shared their own ideas for how they can build peace in this new year.

Students sit in Peace Links classroom at the beginning of a workshop

Students from 5th grade at Stoddert Elementary School at the start of their program in the Global Peacebuilding Center

Working with their teacher, the students have created an after-school “Peacebuilders” program to develop their own peacebuilding activities, and they will look to the Global Peacebuilding Center at USIP and other organizations to help them with ideas and resources. The group posted a piece on their visit to USIP on their own website.

USIP is committed to engaging the next generation of peacebuilders at schools in the Washington, DC area, around the country, and around the world.

To see photographs of other student visits, check out our photo gallery.

To arrange a visit for your student group, visit our website and contact us today.