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Here you will find what defines us in terms of:

  • Vocation - humanist and humanitarian

  • Educational position

  • Political position

  • Religious and Sectarian Position

  • Integration and Helping Actions

Grains of Peace offers educational solutions for sustainable peace.

Our approach to education is systemic, as academic success and peace culture are strongly interrelated.

We work with national authorities, schools, teachers, and advisors, and with both children and parents. 

Vocation - Humanist and Humanitarian

Grains of Peace's vocation is humanist

For us, the term humanist refers to a profound respect for life and human beings. 

But it is also humanitarian

Its educational programs encourage respect for human beings, their rights and their perspectives. 

They contribute to the protection of children against violence within the academic frame, and to the protection of populations by training their youth and their teachers in the prevention of violence, wars and radicalization. 

They raise awareness on the principle of non-nuisance (environment, impact on health, etc...)

These different positive impacts contribute indirectly to the diminution of major human causes of poverty (violence, nuisance, insufficient education stimulating pro-activeness and empowerment) 

A culture of peace is inherently a humanitarian cause

Educational Positioning

Grains of Peace's programs aim to empower children, their savoir-être (know how to be), savoir-faire (know how to do), their wisdom and their poise. 

They contribute to the quality of education and the construction of an atmosphere enhancing learning, and not to the material building of schools

Education to peace - what our programs cover. 

Education to Human skills

Developing children in terms of knowledge, values, relational and intercultural capacities, of eco-citizen identification, of reflection on human relationships and on this world, is the primary idea of an education to peace

Education to Human Rights 

Training children on Human Rights and the Rights of the Child is one component of an Education to Human Rights. It is a core component of education to peace, enabling the development of each child's sensibility and not only his or her capacity for acknowledgment. 

Education to non-violence

Educating  children to the techniques allowing the replacement of violence with dialog is the bedrock of an education to non-violence. It is a core component of an education to peace

Education to citizenship

Educating children to the democratic values and the rules of citizenship, aiming to better their community living, is the idea of an education to citizenship. It is a core component of an education to peace, in addition to the eco-citizen sensibility: open each child to the feeling of citizen inclusion, allowing him or her to conceive and offer upgrades to their immediate environment. 

Education to sustainable development

Introduce children to three fields of sustainable development: natural environment, sustainable economy, human and social development. 

Political Positioning

Grains of Peace voluntarily chose not to affiliate with any political movement. It is neither left nor right. It encourages finding convergence between movements through the focus on common objectives and shared values. 

Its policy is to encourage understanding between different political thoughts: 

Peace is a fundamental goal that transcends left-right, north-south, orient-occident or religious-laic distinctions: peace interests all human beings. 

Grains of Peace does not do militancy:

Militancy is a rather antipodal behavior in relation to the very concept of peace. Inspiring and touching is more efficient than confrontation and harm. 

It is committed to the achievement of peace through dialog, openness, and cooperation. 

Extreme and extremist positions

Citizens sometimes derive towards extreme positions, if not extremist, for different reasons, the first one being fear - fear of a loss of security or a commodity. However, these extreme inclinations endanger the very security and commodity that is being sought. 

Religious or Sectarian Positioning

Openness to all cultures and religions, neutrality:

Grains of Peace is open to all cultures and respectful of everyone; it encourages intellectual interaction. 

It does not have any religious or anti-religious positions. It does not engage into any proselytizing, and does not permit it within the organization. 

Grains of Peace is not an evangelizing movement, or a sect.

We do not promote a single truth, we are not intolerant to any other vision, no gurus, no weakening of capacity for critical thinking, no mental manipulation or intimidation, no isolation from loved ones, no exiting restrictions, no contributions calculated on revenues, no impoverishment of our members, no financial opacity to the detriment of our members... or any other characteristic of a sect. 

Hospitality and Support

Grains of Peace promotes a welcoming attitude and a culture of hospitality:

It invites interested guests to take part in its meeting, debates and activities. 

In the field, it focuses on raising awareness in schools and public places in order to enable adults and children to develop hospitality and support skills, which are skills of peace. 

It is not unique to an exact location, or a personalized academic support scheme. 

It does not directly care for victims or "violent people," but it collaborates with the relevant structures.