At PSI, we believe…
• That school should be a place in which children can learn without fear;
• That this is possible if we provide our children with the tools they need to live well with others; and
• That each school’s journey to create a culture of peace is unique.
Peaceful Schools International provides support to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace. PSI has over 350 member schools around the world! In these schools, students, teachers and community members work together to ensure that everyone feels safe, respected and valued. For a list of our member schools, go to PSI Members.
PSI celebrates peaceful schools around the world…
PSI’s vision is to create a global network of peaceful schools.
PSI’s mission is to provide support and recognition to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.
Peaceful Schools International (PSI) is a Canadian non-profit, charitable organization founded in 2001. PSI provides support to schools around the world that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace. PSI is like the stone in the story of Stone Soup (below) : we act as a catalyst and clearinghouse for innovative ideas that helped to build an environment in schools where everyone feels safe, respected and valued.
PSI is founded on two guiding principles:
- Membership in PSI is voluntary. As our history sadly demonstrates, mandating or imposing peace is not an effective means by which to achieve it. PSI provides support and recognition to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.
- PSI is non-prescriptive. Instead of telling schools what to do, we provide them with inspiration, encouragement and support as they develop their own vision and implement a plan for becoming a peaceful school. PSI is founded on the belief that each school’s journey to creating a culture of peace is unique. Consequently, PSI is non-prescriptive in nature. Membership criteria are intended to be used as a guide rather than a strict evaluation measure. Each school must be given the freedom to set its own course based on its vision and timetable.
1. Peace education is part of the core curriculum in all educational institutions that are members of PSI.
- The curriculum for elementary, middle and high schools contains an explicit peace education component.
- PSI and PSI member schools work to encourage the appropriate authorities to include peace education in the curriculum of elementary, middle and high schools.
2. Within PSI member schools, there is a secure, welcoming and respectful culture where all forms of violence* are unacceptable, setting an example for the community at large.
- Member schools report an improvement in school climate and/or a reduction in incidents of violence.
- Member schools report providing conflict resolution strategies for students and staff.
3. PSI provides practical and effective peace education resources that are used by staff and students in its member schools and by others.
- Member schools report their use of and satisfaction with the resources provided by PSI.
- PSI holds events and provides professional development opportunities (workshops, symposia, conferences, etc.) that are well-attended and receive positive evaluations.
- PSI member schools report networking with other members to share ideas and increase knowledge and resources.
4. There is a greater awareness of PSI and its positive impact within communities.
- There is an increase in the number of PSI member schools around the world.
- PSI actively engages in peace- and education-related events and activities in the community (for example, fairs, special days like anti-bullying day, conferences, Dept. of Education PD days, etc.).
- Organizations and individuals express support for the work of PSI.
*PSI defines violence as the intentional use of physical force or power that threatens or results in physical or psychological harm.
“We look forward to continuing our efforts toward peace in our world. PSI helps us stay on point and gives us many ideas in which to express peaceful solutions in our world.” Wendy Tobias, Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School
A hungry and homeless traveler went door to door in a village looking for food. Again and again he was turned away until finally one villager offered him a pot and some water. He gratefully accepted the water and pot and announced that he was going to make stone soup. After he lit a fire, several villagers gathered around as they were curious about what he was doing. He placed a “magic stone” in the boiling water and announced that he was making stone soup. The traveler explained that, although the soup would be tasty, it would be even better if he could add an onion or a potato or some other vegetable. One by one, the villagers contributed ingredients to the pot until it became a delicious soup, enough to feed the entire village.
Peaceful Schools International is the Magic Stone!
PSI is founded on the belief that each school’s journey to creating a culture of peace is unique. Within suggested membership guidelines, PSI encourages each school to formulate its own special blend of ingredients to create a culture of peace.