Success Stories

The Center for Peace Education (CPE), despite the bottlenecks it has faced, such as inability to consistently provide transport allowances to its volunteer s peace educators, much less regular salaries, has established itself as a valuable contributor to Liberia’s course towards a peaceful trajectory. Since its founding in 2009, CPE has achieved the following milestones over the last four years:

  • Carried research on the fundamental causes of violence in post-conflict Liberia, and used its findings to develop CPE’s Peace Education Curriculum;
  • Developed a curriculum that guides Liberia-specific student engagements over six marking periods (one academic school year).
  • Visited and taught peace education programs in eight schools. As a result of this, CPE has received invitations to provide this educational experience in another twenty other schools. Unfortunately, due to funding limitations, we have not been able to supply teachers to meet the pressing demands.
  • Launched eight student group projects, which have demonstrated that Liberian students do eagerly learn and engage with the materials and principles of peaceful co-existence taught and are putting these in use. Indeed, several participants in the program have already utilized their perspective to ameliorate conflict in their home and school lives.
  • Sponsored a limited number of war-affected children that do not have the means to attend schools. So far sponsored five of war-affected children including a former child soldier, a refugee, internally displaced persons, as well as four female victims of the war to pursue their educational goals.
  • Peace education programs requested by several religious, traditional, and political leaders for their communities.
  • Purchased a quarter of a lot (land) located in Brewerville, Montserrado County to construct a peace education library. Ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for 12 September 2013 – World Peace Day
  • Appeared on several live call-in radio programs in Liberia spreading the message of peace and peaceful co-existence.
  • Appeared in several international print, radio, and television media including the Washington DC Informer, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and the Voice of American (VOA)

CPE founder Mainlehwon Ebenezer Vonhm has delivered lectures about education and conflict, Post-Conflict Peace-building initiatives, youths in post-conflict societies, etc. for various organizations and universities, including the University of Cambridge, located in the United Kingdom; Michigan State University, Wesleyan University, located in Connecticut; Salisbury University, located in Maryland, American University, located in Washington DC; the Rotary International, located in Florida; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, located in Wisconsin; Primitive Baptist Church located in Florida; the National Press Club, located in Washington DC; just to name a few.