Threats proliferate, challenges increase. In a world subjected to strong international tensions and new crises threatening Peace and international balances, we strongly oppose our emotion but do little to stir our sense of reason, weakening our ability to anticipate.
We realized that action is only taken once the grave state of the world has pricked the conscience of public opinion. An awareness of war is the precondition for the desire for peace.
This awareness will be even more comprehensive if we act among the youngest generation. Peace education for children has the potential of planting the seeds of tolerance and respect, which will pave the way for positive adult behaviours and prevent violent attitudes.
Integrating Peace education as a basic teaching appears essential to us in order to change mentalities and create future generations that will be more pacifists and engaged in the world’s stability.
The Smart Peace Prize for early childhood education is a prize that:
Reward and highlight successful experiences to implement a sustainable Peace for young people
Reward educational initiatives investing for children from an early age
Highlight preventive actions putting pedagogy at the core of their methods
This prize has been decided on 4th January, 2019 during Leaders for Peace official meeting at the United Nations.
Every public or private organization dedicated to early childhood education and having developed a program for Peace education for young children.
This program has to be an educational program, which purpose is to raise Peace awareness and non-violent behaviours. It has to be dedicated to children between 2 and 7 years old.
This program has to justify an existence of at least 2 years.
Every country is eligible for this Prize.
By filling the registration form just below.
A pre-selection comity of experts will select 3 applications among the sent applications.
A jury of the entire Board of Leaders for Peace (see section “Board of Leaders” on our website) chaired by Jean-Pierre Raffarin will designate the Prize winner among the applicants previously selected.
The jury will choose the program according to its degree of:
The prize winner will receive an art piece specially made for the occasion by the sculptor Anilore Banon. The Prize ceremony will be held on 13th May, 2019 by the President Jean-Pierre Raffarin and in the presence of the Board of Leaders. Numerous guests and journalists are expected during the event. This award ceremony will take place during the Leaders for Peace annual conference.
Call for application is open from 10th February, 2019 (09.00 GMT) until 10th April 2019 (23.00 GMT).
Leaders for Peace, reserves the right to modify or cancel the contest if the circumstances require so. The responsibility of Leaders for Peace cannot be engaged in case of timetable modifications.
You may apply in English or in French.
Applicants must fill in the following file, every section is required.