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Across the world, two in three young people fear for their safety in the classroom. Violence in schools comes in many different forms including corporal punishment, discrimination, exclusion, harassment, bullying, negativity, armed attacks, sex for grades and more.

No matter the type, violence in and around schools can leave a lasting mark on children, affecting their grades, causing them to drop out of school, increasing their risk of perpetuating violence, following them into adulthood, and threatening their ability to become productive adults.

For the last 15 years, Graines de Paix has worked to change this situation, transforming education to foster peace culture.

In 2019, Graines de Paix was awarded the Smart Peace Prize for Early Childhood by the Leaders for Peace Foundation.

 

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

The Graines de Paix foundation was established in October 2020 to take over, pursue and develop the mission of the Graines de Paix association, founded in 2005.

The international headquarters, in Geneva, carries out the following functions:

  • It is the center for the design and development of innovative pedagogical resources.
  • It develops and implements cantonal, regional, national and supranational training programs for and with ministries, regional authorities, international organizations (fields include full quality education, culture of peace education, violence and radicalization prevention, girl and women equity and consideration and more).
  • It also works directly with schools, youth centers, local associations and local communities.
  • It coordinates and inspires local offices - in Côte d'Ivoire, Benin and France in addition to its activities in Switzerland. The foundation also has focal points in Lebanon, Tunisia and Senegal.

The statutes and other official documents can be accessed in the Documents to download section.
 

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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.

Official documents

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