Uganda: Post-Conflict Transformation

Educational Excursions

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

The program includes field visits to former sites of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Uganda and refugee camps in western Uganda, as well as museums, sites of collective memory, genocide memorials, and organizations working in the areas of community building and transitional justice. Excursions to different areas of Uganda provide a better understanding of the country's ethnic and cultural makeup.

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Excursions in Uganda include:

  • Kitgum Straight Talk Foundation, Orom. The Kitgum Straight Talk Foundation is devoted to educating adolescents on growing up and staying safe, reproductive health issues, life skills, and sexuality. Students visit former internally displaced people (IDPs) who have since returned home, talk to youth leaders and community members, and practice interviewing skills.
  • Baker's Fort. Baker's Fort was involved in the slave trade. The fort was captured by Sir Samuel Baker who established a garrison to fight slavery and the slave trade in the years 1872–1888. The visit to Baker's Fort gives students insight into northern Uganda's history and triggers discussions about the role of memorial sites.
  • Invisible Children. Students learn about the unique model developed by Invisible Children in an effort to end the conflict in northern Uganda through a focus on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The model includes four distinct, yet integrated, components: media, mobilization, protection, and recovery.
  • Gulu Support the Children Organization (GUSCO). Students learn about efforts towards reintegration of war victims, particularly children.
  • Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID). A local organization that advocates for the rights of young urban refugees through various education programs, including English lessons, business skills training, and social support. 
  • Nakivale Refugee Camp. A camp housing over nine nationalities including refugees from Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Congo-DRC, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Burundi, and France.  
  • Buganda Parliament, Kampala. The main seat of the traditional kingdom of Buganda, where the Lukiiko (legislature) meets to deliberate on matters that concern the kingdom.
  • Uganda Museum. At the museum, students learn about the history of Uganda and view various artifacts that relate to and demonstrate Uganda’s cultural diversity.
  • Murchison Falls National Park. Students are able to spot wildlife on an early morning game drive through this national park. A boat trip on the Nile and a hike to the top of the surrounding hills reveal beautiful views of a stunning waterfall.

Murambi Genocide Memorial

Nine-day excursion to Rwanda
The program's excursion to Rwanda gives students the opportunity to study post-genocide restoration and to consider peacebuilding in a different context while learning about post-conflict transformation in the broader Great Lakes region. Through lectures by Rwandan academics and visits to memorial sites in Kigali, students come face to face with the stark reality of the genocide as well as post-genocide efforts to rebuild lives and communities. Students are able to observe and learn from Rwandans' processes of remembering and forgetting and strategies of denial and redress. While in the region, students also visit the following sites:

  • Gisozi Genocide Memorial and Information Center. Informative memorial site with a mass grave outside, a peace garden for reflection, and a comprehensive exhibition on the Rwandan genocide and other genocides of the twentieth century.
  • Nyamata and Ntarama genocide memorial sites. Two Catholic churches outside Kigali where massacres of the Tutsis took place in 1994. Students learn about the role of the Church in the genocide.
  • Travaux d'Interest General (TIG) community service programs. A government project that allows suspected criminals who confessed their atrocities in the 1994 Rwanda genocide the chance to serve their sentences outside prison. Students visit a TIG program to meet génocidaires who are serving their sentence through community service, after undergoing the Gacaca process of truth, justice, and reconciliation.
  • Murambi Genocide Memorial. A technical school where 50,000 Tutsi were killed. 
  • National Museum Butare. Rwandan history and culture museum.
  • Nyanza Palace. Palace of the last king of Rwanda.
  • Habyarimana's Residence. The residence of the former Rwandan president Habyarimana, whose plane was shot down in 1994, killing all aboard and sparking the Rwandan genocide.
  • Ubutwari Bwo Kubaho. A group of widows and wives of perpetrators working together to forge meaningful reconciliation at the community level in Karama sector, Butare.
  • Rwanda Governance Board (RGB). Students visit the Rwanda Governance Board to learn about Rwanda’s growth and development and its challenges and opportunities. 

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Gulu

Language Study: Acholi

Prerequisites: Coursework in conflict theories recommended.


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