An international or global experience in an academic and practice setting provides students with a transformative learning experience that leads to a deeper understanding of building cultures of peace at the interpersonal, community and global levels
As part of this course, students may participate in one of two international Peace Institutes (Mindanao Peace Building Institute in the Philippines and African Peace Building Institute in South Africa) with which Selkirk College has a partnership. While learning in a cross cultural setting, students will be expected to complete assignments from the organization with which they are studying, as well as additional assignments from their Selkirk College instructor.
St. Augustine College in Johannesburg, South Africa
Selkirk College has a formal relationship with the African Peacebuilding Institute. Our Peace Studies students can participate in this annual institute and receive credit at Selkirk College through the course PEAC 205 (which is transferrable throughout British Columba through BCCAT).
The African Peacebuilding Institute (API) offers an intensive study of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation rooted in and responding to challenges emerging from the African context.
Practitioners from across the continent come together to study and reflect on conflict transformation theory and practice and to interact with others involved with peace building work.
Additionally, Selkirk College invited alumni from the African Peacebuilding Institute to study Peace Studies at Selkirk College. Read about Issa Ebombolo’s experience of studying at Selkirk College.
When and where does it happen?
The African Peacebuilding Institute takes place every spring (exact dates vary each year), and lasts for four weeks. Students come to Johannesburg South Africa, and study at St. Augustine College.
How much does it cost?
Students pay Selkirk College tuition for PEAC 205 (3 credit course), air travel, related expenses (travel documents, immunizations etc), room and board at St. Augustine College (in 2014, this was $400 USD per week, subject to change).
Is there any financial Support available?
All Selkirk College students who have participated in the African Peacebuilding Institute have received financial support from Selkirk International. For more information on bursaries and scholarships, please contact Louis Hu at Selkirk International.
How do I apply?
For information on the application process, please contact Jennie Barron. The application process usually begins in the fall for the coming spring classes.
Reflections of former Selkirk Student and participant in the African Peacebuilding Institute
"The past few days have already been such an incredible experience. Our classes are being taught by a very educated man named Peter Marungo. He is very inspiring and causes me to leave each class anticipating with curiosity for the next. He also leaves me with many thought provoking ideas on life and education. This man is very driven and very successful, he is quite intense but, alas, he has a very intelligent and kind demeanour.
Throughout the classes, while exchanging facts about one another, we have learned that most of the people in the institute have gone through many traumatic experiences. In one particular class we learned that our friend Sampson still had bullet wounds from the Rwanda genocide and that our instructor's father was killed in a genocide. This makes me feel very sympathetic and compassionate towards my classmates. Everybody is very determined to make the world a better place and improve the economic, political and social state of Africa.
I feel inspired to be a part of this process and I think that being here, on a very deep level, helps me come closer to understanding my purpose in life somehow. We ended our past class with a discussion on community structure which I enjoyed because I would like to go into sustainable community development. We were also introduced to a peace-building strategy layout, in the form of a triangle, created by a man named John Paul Lederach. This pyramid laid out the styles and levels of collaborative peace-building in its simplest form. We were going to use this strategic peace-building diagram as a foundation to what we would be taught in the following days to come."