The most dangerous weapons in the twenty-first century are not bombs and bullets, but the weaponization of mistrust, alienation, rage, disillusionment, nihilism, cynicism, and other tangles of trauma, which make societies more unstable, and all forms of violence more likely.
To empower people to heal and to protect societies from these weapons, our mission is to teach peace as a skill set, as a life-saving literacy, with as much rigor as the teaching of reading and writing. Peace Literacy is a movement of educators and concerned citizens who want to equip people with the training, skills, and understanding needed for healing the root causes of our problems, rather than merely addressing surface symptoms. Humanity can no longer settle for peace as an abstract concept or sentimental wish. We teach the practical skills and frameworks needed to create peace that is realistic, resilient, and sustainable.
We support our mission by:
Promoting peace as a literacy, as an active set of skills, concepts, and capacities that blends the strategic thinking of West Point leadership training with the disciplined nonviolence of the Civil Rights Movement, all of which needs to be taught and practiced in our education systems from pre-K through to adult education, just like literacy in reading and writing.
Researching, designing, assessing, and distributing Peace Literacy educational materials to support the teaching of Peace Literacy, made available in a variety of formats, including on-line, in print, and in Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Extended Reality spaces (from now on “VR”).
Facilitating professional development training in Peace Literacy, offered in-person, on-line, and in VR spaces, for educators in pre-K-12 and higher education, as well as for counselors, community leaders, faith leaders, and the general public.
Educating students of all ages in Peace Literacy, to help them understand and heal the root causes of rage, violence, mistrust, and alienation, thus strengthening local, national, and global communities, and helping all of us reach our highest potential.
We envision a world where education in Peace Literacy is recognized as a Universal Human Right. Peace Literacy is the human right that empowers us to protect all of our other human rights. A peace literate world is a just, secure, and prosperous world.
You can increase realistic hope in your life and in the lives of others by joining us in the mission to create a Peace Literate world. The Peace Literacy Institute designs curricular materials that anyone can download and use for free to support Peace Literacy in their schools and communities. We also provide education rates for our workshops so teachers can make the most effective use of the curriculum.
Donate now to help us keep our curriculum free, train teachers in its effective use, and expand our reach and impact.
Why Our World Needs Peace Literacy
In this 3 min video from 2017, Paul K. Chappell discusses Peace literacy as a movement of educators and concerned citizens who want to empower people with the training, skills, and understanding needed to heal the root causes of our problems, rather than merely addressing surface symptoms. A peace literate world is a secure, just, and prosperous world.
The Peace Literacy Institute, Inc. is a Oregon nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 86-1411853). Contributions to Peace Literacy Institute, Inc. are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.