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The Bishop’s School: peaceconferencing with Uganda

Many thanks to Kristen Druker for sending on to PAXsims this latest update on her work with student peaceconferencing. A hat-tip too for Skip Cole for letting us know about the Uganda project.

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Students at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA broke new ground in this spring’s Peaceconferencing gaming simulations supported by the United States Institute of Peace Open Simulation Platform. The Northern Uganda Peace Building Team made up of high school freshmen intent on problem solving solutions to post-conflict conditions inside Northern Uganda had the benefit of connecting with a Ugandan student “live” from a digital library hub created by the non-profit group, U-Touch.org.

Working on Peaceconferencing Phase 8 – Brainstorming Solutions, The Bishop’s School students were able to get feedback on their ideas dealing with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), clean drinking water, irrigation, medical needs, and supplies from a student who had spend 15 years of his life in a relocation camp. As a result of their online interface, a priority list was generated by The Bishop’s School students that reflected the most urgent needs concerned with current peacebuilding. “Free from media filters and biases, it was the next best thing to being there,” said The Bishop’s School students. This summer students in Northern Uganda will play Peaceconferencing and use the Open Simulation Platform as a tool to better understand and strategize about their own needs. Possibilities to generate a global social network (student to student) within the Peaceconferencing simulation experience promises to bring the human element into cross cultural problem solving.

Above: Students from The Bishop’s School Northern Uganda Peacebuilding Team with teacher Kristen Druker.

3 responses to “The Bishop’s School: peaceconferencing with Uganda

  1. Skip Cole 14/05/2011 at 1:17 am

    Hi Rex,
    We should have a picture of some of the players from Uganda for you soon.
    Best,
    Skip

  2. Herbert Musoke 30/06/2011 at 2:12 am

    This is a good initiative and we(as Ugandans) are so Happy you are undertaking this. Am Herbert Musoke from School Guide Uganda a company which has specialized to make an online directory for all schools in Uganda. We can be found at http://www.schoolguideuganda.com for more details. Please help shape the future of Uganda’s Education too by registering all the Schools you are Connected to.
    Thankyou.

    Herbert Musoke,
    General Manager
    School Guide Uganda Ltd.
    sokie@schoolguideuganda.com
    http://www.schoolguideuganda.com
    +256791270723

  3. Purity wachira 21/07/2012 at 12:04 am

    Hi,Herbert musoke.are there schools in uganda that follows the british curriculum?am a trained MontesSsori Teacher and i would really love to work in Uganda.Thankyou

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