“Neither hedgehog nor doormat” Exhibition for schools and more — English

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“Neither hedgehog nor doormat” Exhibition for schools and more


Neither hedgehog nor doormat is a fun and interactive educational exhibition for children ages 4 through 12, designed to fit both academic and extra-curricular settings. It’s goal? To promote positive social interactions by teaching alternatives to common behaviors that trigger, encourage and escalate violence.



In the classroom, teachers are often faced with violence, ridicule and harassment but are frequently left without concrete solutions to confront these issues. This educational resource fills that need. Designed to help students develop the psychosocial competencies of self-confidence, conflict resolution, empathy, inclusion, emotional control, and cooperation, the program promotes healthy social interactions all while fostering a positive classroom environment.

Initially developed by CENAC in 2005, this exhibit has already been used in many schools throughout French-speaking Switzerland. Since 2009, Graines de Paix has been tasked with its implementation and dissemination across French and Swiss schools. In 2017, an international expansion agreement was reached. We are currently looking to translate the resources into Arabic and English.

In 2017, the posters and accompanying educational resources were reviewed and adopted into the Graines de Paix educational curriculum.

The exhibition follows and meets the many competencies laid-out in the Plan d’études romand, the educational framework used in French-speaking Switzerland.

Download the promotional flyer here.


  • To identify behaviors that trigger, encourage or escalate violence
  • To recognize the existence of non-violent alternatives
  • To reflect on one’s own values, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors in order to discover mutual appreciation for others and their differences
  • To sensitize students to their own personal responsibility in contributing to the living well together
  • To foster a sense of teamwork and solidarity within the classroom.

9 “problematic” behaviors, 9 peaceful solutions

This program consists of one introductory poster and nine informational posters, each presenting different characters. These informational posters include: a hedgehog that protects itself while combing its quills, the doormat that always lets itself get trampled, the elephant that is oblivious to others, the bossy snake…

  • The front side of the poster displays the “problematic” behavior, which brings up the issue
  • The reverse side of the poster displays the “solution”, which encourages a self-reflective process of recognizing previous negative habits and the benefits of new coping strategies.

Supplementary Materials

The 10 introductory and informational posters are accompanied by :

  • A teaching guide designed for educational professionals and social workers. This guide includes detailed explanation of the exhibit and supporting theories behind the addressed issues. Download a sample of the teaching guide here.
  • Additional materials for “non-violence” refresher activities to be used later in the academic year.
  • One Journey of Discovery booklet* for each student and two experiential-learning games* to engage students and put learned concepts in to action.
  • Stories relating to the theme of non-violence to highlight certain aspects of the exhibit, including: courage, sharing, listening, etc.
  • Toys and props to portray the behaviors of characters through role-playing and skits.

*Only available in the advanced package

Rental fees




They are talking about this exhibit in…


October 2013




Le Lancéen

Local magazine in Lancy (near Geneva)
Article about the exhibit on page 7


Town of Sierre

Municipal website announces its decision to present the exhibition to 3rd grade students

September 2012

Podcast Babylone

Espace 2
Podcast episode detailing the exhibition

June 2012

Info Genthod

Local magazine in Genthod (near Geneva)
2-page article

December 2011 Tribune de Genève

Geneva daily newspaper

December 2011 24 heures

Daily newspaper from the French Speaking Switzerland

December 2010 Terres Civiles

Official magazine of CENAC


December 2017 Fraternité Matin

Ivory Coast

December 2017 Al Wihda Infos Togo

Contact Information

Please direct questions and concerns towards:

Cynthia Kee, Educational Exhibitions Project Manager