Historical Background
"Historical Background"

This school was co-founded by Ishanesu Sextus and Tapiwa Huggins Gusha who happened to be brothers. As biblical scholars from the University and ordained minsters in the Anglican Diocese of Harare we have been contemplating on how we can influence change in the society outside church structures.  We have been passionate on the areas of ecology, interfaith dialogue, peace-building, and gender. It was this vision that gave birth to the establishment of this peace school. The formation of the school was a long process that was guided by study, international engagements, prayer, and research.

The journey started in 2011 when Rev Fr Gusha was invited to Jos Nigeria at an International Youth Conference on Interfaith Dialogue and Non-violent Communication.  Appreciation goes to Dr Immanuel Ivogba the director of the school who shared notes with me on how to establish a similar school. At the conference I was given the opportunity of presenting a paper on religious fundamentalism as a barrier to interfaith dialogue. It was from that time that the desire to establish the school grew. The following year I found myself in Yogyakarta and Bali Indonesia meeting with people from all over the world of all faith discussion on the theme of negotiating a space for diversity. This International Summer was organised and sponsored by International Summer School on Religion and Public Life (ISSRPL) now rebranded as CEDAR-Communities Engaging in Difference and Religion. The fire for making this school a reality was ignited and plans to host a similar school under the banner of CEDAR were made. I was made one of the organisers of the school and this has given me enough experience to establish our own school. If all things go accordingly the school will be established in 2016 the same year where our own school will be expected to be inaugurated.  The following year Rev Fr Tapiwa Gusha found himself in Bulgaria for the Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life and affiliate school for CEDAR. Thanks to Professor Adam Seligman the director of CEDAR. 

The final shaping of establishing the school took place in India when both of us were attending a summer school on teaching for peace for teachers. It was a summer school based on the Indian Jainism principle of Ahimsa. The long wait in Mumbai to connect an Ethiopian airways flight to Harare via Addis Ababa necessitated a well thought discussion on the practicalities of establishing the school.  Thanks to Dr Shugan Jain the founder and director of International Summer School for Jain Studies who invited us to this school and shared with us on how to start a trustee.  This school will focus on the issues that affect peace-building which are; gender, interfaith dialogue, ethnicity, and ecology. The thrust of the school is transforming the society by bringing international scholars that with the local scholars and non-scholars to deliberate things that affect the society in line with our vision and mission. It is from such school that an action of plan is set and sold to stakeholders. The approach of the school is smell it, feel it, touch, and see it. The school will involve practically touring sites of interest thereby providing practical knowledge to participants. As the school we are a non-profit making organisation meaning that we will try to establish potential partners and funders of our programmes.


Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa lying wholly within the tropics. It straddles an extensive high inland plateau that drops northwards to the Zambezi valley where the border with Zambia is and similarly drops southwards to the Limpopo valley and the border with South Africa. The country has borders with Botswana 813 km, Mozambique 1,231 km, South Africa 225 km, Zambia 797 km and meets Namibia at its westernmost point.The population of Zimbabwe on August 18, 2012 was 12 973 808.

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