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Our name is Graines de Paix which means Grains of Peace.

Graines de Paix is a thriving international NGO in the field of education. It develops transformative solutions for attaining Quality Education and for enlarging it to include the competencies for preventing violence and developing a culture of peace (SDGs 4, 5 and 16).

It proposes full training programmes and education resources for Ministries of education, for schools and for extracurricular learning. These are destined for teachers and their young students, and for educators and the youth they serve.

Founded in Geneva in 2005, it is apolitical, non-confessional and independent of outside organizations or persons, whilst being actively open to dialogue and exchange. It is engaged in Switzerland and France, Africa and North Africa.

Graines de Paix received the Smart Peace Prize 2019 from the Leaders for Peace Foundation for it's pedagogical expertise in peace competencies teaching, including for very young students.

Social impact

Our mission aims for a large social impact in several key domains.

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Approach and Expertise

By using a resolutely positive and constructive approach (not merely preventative), we want to show our appreciation for each and every child to reinforce their self-esteem and their psychosocial skills, even the most vulnerable among them. It is the key to successful education, a calm school environment, and preventing violence.

Our approach is also systemic: we bring together the latest developments in quality education, leading to good school performance, and those relative to peace culture education, which aim to prevent violence and bring about harmonious learning environments. We also identify the best education practices to contribute to this dual objective.

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Our Values, the SDGs, our history

How is it, that in the 21st century, Humanity, despite being more educated than ever before, equipped with constitutions founded on the Right to life, guided by religions and spiritualities, which are themselves based on peaceful coexistence, keeps resorting to extreme violence and mass destruction rather than searching for consensus-driven creative solutions?

When we started this endeavour in 2004, why was it that there was still nothing available on the Internet in English or French to foster peace culture with children, youth, parents and teachers?

How is it that public funds are used to destroy by war, then rebuild after wars, but not to finance the shift to quality education based on the human values and competencies that prevent violence in the first place?

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Structure and governance

Graines de Paix's international headquarters is a Swiss association founded on 7th September 2005 in Geneva. Its statutes enable it to carry forward the international development of the NPO. Its Board has put teams in place in several countries, of which Switzerland (which also manages the international activities), in France and in Côte d'Ivoire. It also has representatives in Sénégal and Bénin, and supporting persons in Lebanon.

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Financing

Several public institutions, private foundations, service clubs and private donors  accompany or have  accompanied and supported the programmes developed by Graines de Paix. We also generate revenues through sales and rentals of education-related resources, and through mandates.

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Downloadable documents

You can download our official documents and presentation documentation here.

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