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

29
workshops
1100
young people
75
parents and teachers
7
schools
2
corporates
400
adults

From the classroom

notes from our sessions


Friday, 28 July 2017

Breaking stereotypes to be the ones we want to be!

In our fourth session at Sprouts Montessori on Gender Equality, we worked on the theme of breaking stereotypes through identifying that a preference - likes or dislikes - and a career choice don't have anything to do with gender. We also got to work with two beautiful stories by Tale Weavers as part of the curriculum today, where we got the kids to read them - The Princess with the Skateboard and The Little Chef, and then engaged with them using our curriculum and games. An interesting and moving session with great participation from all the kids :)





Friday, 21 July 2017

We're all Equal!

In today's session with the kids at Sprouts Montessori, we got them to watch a few videos around gender equality, and it opened up room for an interesting conversation. After our first video, we took home an important discussion on boys and showing emotion, and how we can all work from a place where we respect one another, and that crying is fundamentally human. It was amazing to watch the children themselves conclude that telling a boy not to cry or telling a girl that she didn't smile enough was unfair. In the second video, we watched how stereotypes are built - and then proceeded to talk about how girls and boys are often forced to make certain career choices, certain life choices and the like. It was interesting to watch how many of them centered their conversation around how no career is uniquely / singularly restricted to boys or girls alone. Finally, we watched our last video that talked about violence against women - which led to a difficult discussion where many of the children themselves knew of instances of violence, and wanted to stop it. It was enlightening to watch them come to conclusions of equality on their own.





What made our hearts sink was the mention of "why men kill women" by a girl. She proceeded to say, "Men don't like women. They are scared that if women are alive, more women can be born. So they kill women before they are born, after they are born, when they grow up - but they forget that they cannot be born without women. We should teach men not to hit, hurt or kill."

Friday, 14 July 2017

Building Strong Identities

We hosted the first in a series of workshops centered around Gender Equality at the Sprouts Montessori School. In this workshop, we had the children internalize their own identities through introspective art-based activities, and then follow it up with discussions surrounding perceptions of the self. We also built into the conversation by asking for perceptions beyond the self, and then worked around affirmative ideas of positive self-identities and positive understandings of gender identities. At first, many of the children had negative views to share about genders aside of their own, but by the end of the session, recognizing their equality and oneness that united them despite their diversity made proved a shift in mindset. Special thanks to Khari, for his beautiful Anti-Bullying Song that became the buzzwords by the end of the session!




Friday, 30 June 2017

Staying Safe and Being Smart

We had a workshop at the Sprouts Montessori School, for children of Grades 3 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 comprised children aged 5 and 6, 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. 







Sunday, 25 June 2017

Building Peace and Breaking the Unconscious Bias

We hosted a session via video conference, with the participants at World Merit Bohol, where we spent an hour addressing SDG 16 and talking about ways to build peace, ways to sustain peace and to invest in sustainable futures built on the foundation of peace. By the end of the session, we worked on a fun activity centered around breaking the unconscious bias. Here is what the event looked like!



Saturday, 13 May 2017

Safety over a Summer Camp!

As a part of an ongoing summer camp that our volunteer, Vaishnavi Pallapothu conducted with her cousins in Chirala, Andhra Pradesh, the girls and boys sat down for a session to talk about safe and unsafe touches. Although many of the students are in English-medium schools, they find it difficult to converse and communicate fluently in English. Hence, using our resources, we were able to conduct the session in Telugu. Here are some images! 




Friday, 31 March 2017

I am the boss of my body!

We had a workshop at the Sprouts Montessori School, for children of Grades 1 and 2, 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 comprised children aged 5 and 6, 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. 






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