Peace Libraries support children in learning through books, stories, events and workshops to practice the ways of peaceful, nonviolent society. Peace Schools orient faculty, students, and families toward a regenerative culture of peace, integrating knowledge and skills essential for peace and learning. Peace Gardens help children and adults embody their knowledge in the ways they interact with the natural world as well as each other.
Peace Libraries include community centers and mobile programs. Peace Schools include preschools, primary, secondary, and vocational schools, student organizations, or community learning groups. Peace Gardens bring the learning outside to gardens developed based on permaculture principles. We collect books, materials, and stories of peace and nonviolence that develop skills, knowledge, and literacy. We teach peace, nonviolence, mediation, and reconciliation to young people, teens, and adults, especially parents, teachers, librarians, farmers, and community volunteers.
Activities and events support human development and reconstitute capabilities eroded by violence and trauma. Literacy and vocation turn people away from violence, and towards peaceful means to ensure survival.
We collect much-needed indigenous-language as well as English-language books. We rely on donations of books and materials that are culturally appropriate and sensitive as well as cover a range of developmental needs. We welcome story submissions for the Power of Goodness story collection.
We offer reading time, storytelling, play sessions, and peace camps. We taylor AVP workshops, Power of Goodness events, transformative mediation training, and de-radicalization training to children, teens, and adults. Teen and young adult volunteer networks develop leadership skills and spread the message of peace.
We seek books and materials in each of the developmental stages of reading (Fountas and Pennell), so children develop confidence as a reader. We also support materials and activities for sensorimotor, social and construction skills development necessary for success in literacy and numeracy.
We use permaculture principles and approaches to our sites and programs. We take our work outdoors as much as possible. We learn to care for the plants, animals, and nature, as well as each other. Garden-based learning moves us towards a right relationship with nature. Regenerative farming and gardens provide simple security for climate justice.