The Non-Violence Project Foundation
Our symbol is the symbol of peace and non-violence, the Knotted Gun. It was created in 1980 as a memorial tribute to John Lennon by the artist, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd.
This unique symbol is featured at more than thirty strategic public locations around the world, including the UN Headquarters in New York City, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne and the Peace Park in Beijing.
Who are we?
The Foundation (NVP) is a Swiss-based nonprofit organization, promoting social change through education, launched in 1993. In Brazil the Associação Non-Violence Project Brasil was founded in 2011.
What do we do?
Our mission is to inspire, motivate and engage young people to understand how to solve conflicts peacefully.
How do we do it?
Our strategic approach focuses on two main initiatives:
- Providing education to young people, teachers and sports coaches.
- Raising awareness about the work we do.
Inspiration through Education
TRAIN THE TRAINERS
Designed to provide teachers, sport coaches, university students and volunteers with the skills and knowledge necessary to pass NVP educational programs on to young people, and to have the competence and understanding to train other teachers.
In 2013, as part of NVP´s partnership program with the FIFA Confederations Cup the first NVP Master Course directly related to a sponsored project was implemented in Brazil. International Head Coach Fanny Davidsson did train 25 Brazilian educators to become a NVP Master Coach for the program “Esporte Pela Paz” sponsored by the Swedish Postcode Lottery Foundation. Since then these Brazilian Master Coaches have educated thousands of other teachers, sport coaches and social educators.
SCHOOLS FOR PEACE (ages 10-18)
Promoting the values of compassion, nonviolence, conflict management and self-esteem. It also encourages young people to act in a compassionate and responsible way.
SPORTS / FOOTBALL FOR PEACE (ages 10-18)
We educate and motivate coaches and volunteer leaders within any sport discipline to integrate life skills education into their sports training. The life skills segment includes inspiring exercises focusing on self-esteem and how to solve conflicts peacefully.
Since 2011, the NVP program “Futebol Pela Paz” was implemented in the WWSA football schools of Base Brasil. The young athletes are educated in social skills such as developing self-esteem, communication techniques, emotion control, team-building, etc...
In cooperation with the Swedish Postcode Foundation NVP Brasil did implement the program “Esporte Pela Paz” in the communities (favelas) and suburbs of 5 major cities in Brazil, São Paulo (SP), Santos, Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Fortaleza (CE) and Blumenau (SC).
UNIVERSITIES FOR PEACE (ages 18-25)
Designed to establish a strong relationship between universities and their local communities, by engaging motivated students to implement the NVP’s educational programs in schools, sports and other cultural platforms.
A pilot program is now underway in universities at St Andrews in Scotland, and UNAM in Mexico.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR PEACE (ages 17-25)
Increasing global unemployment mainly affects young people, and creates social exclusion, often leading to violence. NVP has developed an entrepreneurship program.
The program is designed to guide and support young people towards self-employment and helping them to take charge of their own lives.
Our objective is to reach 9 million young people, teachers and sport coaches, over a three-year period, offering them the opportunity to download education programs and develop their own non-violence initiatives.
To this end we are building a digital, web-based education and resource platform.