The ChalkPeace Project

Our Work


Peace Education

We as human beings are war-like in our thought processes. Our communication, words and manner of conveying emotions suggests a predisposition towards violence.

Our Peace Education Resources and Workshops center around the core idea of peace being a process that begins from within: as empathy, respect for diversity or cultivating the value of mutual trust and tolerance.

Gender Equality

If all genders were equally respected, given their due, and were free to enjoy the inherent sovereignty they own over their minds and bodies, no other inequities would hold water.

Our Gender Equality Resources and Workshops center around the core idea of gender being a spectrum, beyond the ambit of the binary, and then couches approaches towards creating equality within that space.

GBV Sensitization

In both peacetime and wartime, the occurrence of gender-violence is a representation of dominance and aggression, and that the bodies are focal points for aggressive discrimination based on gender.

Our GBV Sensitization workshops help create awareness of violence as it exists - both as micro and macro aggression, and as structural and outright violence. We aim to build peaceful spaces through sensitization.

Our Work So far

What have we done?


Educational Institutions

  • Since 2014

    Curriculum Development

    We develop curriculums that can be included within the scope of regular and mainstream education systems. These curriculums are a product of deep-dive research and robust testing on ground.

  • Since 2014

    Workshops for young people

    We hold workshops for children and young people on peace education, gender equality and gbv sensitization. Our workshops focus on hands-on learning by creating safe and engaging spaces.

  • Since 2014

    Parent-Teacher Training

    We are increasingly conscious of the fact that parents and teachers continue to mould and influence young people. We work with them to help keep the momentum going on shaping young people to be sensitized citizens

Corporate Training

  • Since 2014

    Workshops

    We hold workshops for corporate establishments on peace education, gender equality and gbv sensitization. Our workshops focus on hands-on learning by creating safe and engaging spaces.

  • Since 2014

    WPSH Awareness

    In line with the legal requirements per the Vishakha Guidelines, we train workforces corporate and business establishments on sexual harassment awareness, reporting and conduct safety audits

  • Since 2014

    Safe Work Spaces

    We train the workforce in conflict resolution, conflict management, non-violent communication, tolerance and respect for diversity and peace-building through empathy to make workplaces safer and inclusive.

Our Accomplishments So Far

25
workshops
1000
young people
75
parents and teachers
6
schools
6
corporates
400
adults

From the classroom

notes from our sessions


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Empowering young women

We had a workshop with the young women from The Damini Club at the Stella Maris College, Chennai. The Damini Club works extensively to open up spaces for conversations around gender equality, ending gender based violence and finding sustainable routes towards the empowerment of women. We explored themes of individual empowerment, social / communal empowerment and empowerment in the larger scheme of world affairs and placing oneself in global conversations.




Saturday, 15 October 2016

Safe and Unsafe Touches

We had a workshop at the Akshar Arbol International School for children of Grades 1 to 5, and their parents, on Safe, Unsafe Touch and a Confusing Touches, staying safe bodily, and identifying and saving oneself from sexual abuse. Read on to know more!

While we recognize that the onus lies on people to NOT harm, rather than to not be harmed, the existence of individuals who perpetrate wrongdoing cannot be ignored. It is therefore imperative that we find ways to stay safe, and to keep a conversation centred around safety going. This inspired our intention to workshop with children and their parents.





We used our handouts and got the children to interact and share what their idea of safety is, who they designated as their safe adults, and even encouraged them to try out the "NO" from the no-run-tell exercise. Special thanks to Dr. Bhooshan of NoBadTouch and Pattie Fitzgerald for being the inspiration and the resources that informed our research before this session!







We talked to an age group that ranged from ages 4 to 8, The good part was that we were able to connect with them with the curriculum, and interact with them on an equally relevant footing, and send them home with a clear idea of what they should to to stay safe. 





Train the Trainers


Teachers are an extremely important influence in our lives. Some of our strongest ideas come from our teachers in our formative years, and it is important thus, for our teachers to be on their best game while working with children. With that in mind, we were invited to the Akshar Arbol International School to work closely with the teachers on Gender Equality, and on addressing students without any restraint and discrimination on the basis of gender.



All 40 teachers participated in the event, and we had some interesting questions, personal experiences shared, and lots of learning! 





Monday, 3 October 2016

Peacebuilding 101

Following our conversation with young women at the Stella Maris College, in Chennai on the International Day of Peace, we had a workshop around themes of Peacebuilding and Storytelling on September 28, 2016. We worked on ideas relating to communication, perspectives and empathy building through telling our stories. The girls were enthusiastic participants who made intriguing contributions. Here's what the session was like!










Wednesday, 21 September 2016

International Peace Day: Gender, Peace and UN Security Council Resolution 2250

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, we hosted an interactive session for the students of Year II of Stella Maris (across departments), on Gender, Peace and UNSC Resolution 2250.


Through the session we conducted, we looked at the concept of peacebuilding, the idea of how women can be great peacebuilders by drawing on examples from our work, along with a spotlight on the efforts of brilliant women like Leymah Gbowee and Vishaka Dharmadasa, and then dovetailed into the "peace from within to peace beyond" continuum. We had about 700 students participating in the session. Here's what it looked like!











Sunday, 7 August 2016

Zendoodle for Peace: Take 2

We are one of the organizations around the world that is putting together an event for the SDGs alongside World Merit on July 24, 2016. As part of our work with World Merit, we hosted a Zendoodle for Peace Workshop at That Madras Place, in Chennai. Read on for more on what we did!


We started with the basics of Zendoodling, and taught the participants some basic ideas on patterns, shapes, squiggles, techniques and stationery that can be used to doodle. We then had them follow suit. 



Next, we got each person to partner with someone in the room to doodle one half of a circle on a piece of paper, according to their interest. The idea was to help them communicate with one another. 











How about for some impact, now?

A little while ago, we received this image on WhatsApp, which we promptly sent about to all our groups. We had some bizarre answers, some ridiculous ones that made us laugh, some outright creepy ones. Most people rounded in on saying that the answer was that the doctors were female.


Among the answers we received, we had a brilliant answer from Dhivya Thiagarajan, a middle school student at the Akshar Arbol International School. She guessed that the three doctors could be female, transgender or a-gender.
How many of us think that way? It was truly a moment of happiness for us to see that our work around deconstructing Gender as a binary, and breaking gender stereotypes permeated so deeply. GREAT WORK, Divya! We are INCREDIBLY Proud of you!

Resources

Downloadable Curriculums and Games


Gender Equality

Refer to our Gender Equality section for handouts and hand books on gender equality. Suitable for all ages. Enter Library

Peace Education

Refer to our Peace Education section for handouts and hand books on Peace Education. Suitable for all ages. Enter Library

GBV Sensitization

Refer to our GBV Sensitization section for handouts and hand books on GBV Sensitization. Suitable for all ages. Enter Library

Contact

Get in touch with us to host workshops or to volunteer


Website

www.redelephantfoundation.org

Email

info@redelephantfoundation.org