The mission of the Insight Peace Education Project is to advance the prevention of violence worldwide through youth education.

We achieve our mission by collaborating with communities and state officials to develop and standardize peace education curricula in primary schools around the world. Our programs provide children with locally-led, context-specific lessons in cooperation, diversity, communication and nonviolence. These learning experiences equip children with the foundation they need to promote peace as they become adult members of their societies. By involving parents, teachers, state actors and grassroots organizations, we take a comprehensive approach to ending violence through one of the most visionary and sustainable means possible: youth education.

 

OUR APPROACH

Innovation in Prevention 

Standard attempts to address violence are too often reactionary, initiated once violence has already broken out. Insight is committed to moving from a culture of reaction to one of prevention. Our priority is to stop future violence by providing children with lessons in their early development stages that promote peace with regularity, creativity and innovation.

Local Ownership

We strongly believe in the power of local leaders and home-grown development initiatives. We mindfully avoid the exportation of foreign models to local communities and emphasize local decision-making.  Programs will only be successful if local communities have authority and ownership over peace education development and implementation. 

International Collaboration

We live in an increasingly interdependent global community. In our range of activities, we prioritize the interdisciplinary, supportive nature of international collaboration, guided by the notion that addressing violence is in the best interest of people everywhere. Effective mechanisms for positive change can only be developed and implemented with endorsement and input from a wide range of contributors.

State Advocacy

Our priority is to deliver direct services to children, working closely with leaders at the community level. Education and development initiatives, however, often fail because they operate without sufficient government involvement. We are dedicated to working effectively with all levels of society, including state representatives and institutions that are crucial to program success.