WFD NGO

 

”Peace cannot be achieved in a day; it is a process which requires dedication and hard work”

Mission of the organization

To contribute to the implementation of democratic reforms, poverty reduction, development processes ongoing in Armenia as well as protection of human rights and establishment of peace in the region.  

       Vison of the organization

To minimize the difference of social-economic condition between cities and   remote communities in Armenia and to promote peace building  in the region.

Organization Overview

Established in 1997, Women for Development (WFD) is a women-led grass-root organization based in Gyumri, Armenia. It was formed upon the vision of several young women to shape their future and to bring positive societal change. Over the past two decades, WFD has worked on peace and conflict resolution education, community development and women’s rights in Armenia.
WFD’s key areas of actions are promoting Peace Education and Peacebuilding in the Region, community development in Shirak province of Armenia and protection of women’s rights.
As one of the first to initiate peace education in Armenia in 2002, WFD possesses rich experience in training teachers on peace education; developing methodological handbooks,  didactic materials, and constantly seeks to improve its program. Due to WFD’s long-lasting and productive partnership with the Republic of Armenia (RA) National Institute of Education, peace education was institutionalized in 2015, and is now taught as a mandatory topic at the class head’s hours.

 Peace Education and Peacebuilding in the Region

 In 2002, WFD made its first steps towards peace education. This program sought to create an environment, where students were able to analyze their problems and solve them without violence. The main strategy was shaped around organizing peace education lessons in schools; training in- and pre-service teachers and engaging parents. Through peace education, students grew into peer-to-peer educators and started sharing the peace-building ideas among their mates.

In 2002, WFD made its first steps towards peace education. This program sought to create an environment, where students were able to analyze their problems and solve them without violence. The main strategy was shaped around organizing peace education lessons in schools; training in- and pre-service teachers and engaging parents. Through peace education, students grew into peer-to-peer educators and started sharing the peace-building ideas among their mates.

Goal

To create a culture of peace through teaching the basics of nonviolent conflict management in schools and to promote peace-building in the Region by sharing experiences with partner organizations.

Main approach

WFD’s approach to Conflict Resolution Education implies in knowledge consistency. Each key player involved in the process of education — students, teachers, administration, parents — should have consistent knowledge and skills on conflict management.

Ideology

Not to offer “ready solutions” or “one-size-fits-all” approach, but, rather, encourage students’ creative and independent thinking in order to find solutions and manage conflicts without violence.

Main Achievements

  • At least 62% of 1’364 schools in Armenia are involved in the project;
  • Over 6’000 teachers from 850 schools of Armenia are trained;
  • Nearly 70’000 schoolchildren participated in Peace Education lessons and gained primary conflict management skills;
  • 3 methodological handbooks, a guidebook for teachers with didactic materials and an evaluation report on the impact of Peace Education on schoolchildren were published;
  • Conflicts with violent outcome at schools have diminished by 70%;
  • Peace Education is institutionalized in Armenia.

WFD believes that in order to create a culture of peace and promote peace-building in the Region it is necessary to:

  • Support regional peace-building through peace education;
  • Exchange experience and best practices among regional partners and NGOs;
  • Develop similar approaches in integrating peace education into the educational systems of the neighbor countries in conflict.

For more information about «Women For Development NGO», please follow the link www.wfd.am