Lycée Pasteur

Violence and Peace at School

Participants 2ndes

Participants from other countries

Gymnazium Trebon (I) Czech Republic
Liceom Ogolnoksztalcace Poland
Sekolah Ciputra (2) Indonesia
First Bosniak High School Bosnia y Herzegovina
School #48 (1) Russia
School #14 (1) Russia
School #23 (1) Russia
School #4 Russia
YarDLC Combined Team (2) Russia
East Surry High School USA
Joensuun Normaalikoulu (2) Finland
Ecole Africaine Kimbanguiste du 12 Septembre (1) Congo
Cotter High School (2) USA
Provincial College (2) Russia
PPLH Bali (1) Indonesia
PPLH South Sulawesi (1) Indonesia
PPLH East Java (1) Indonesia
St. Julie Billiarts High School (2) USA
Council Rock High School (2) USA
Lycee Technique de Commerce M Delafosse (2) Senega
l Zwelibanzi High School (2) South Africa


Questions for classroom twinning


1. Is there violence at your school? If yes, what kind of violence? Have you or one of your friends ever had to deal with violence yourself, physical or mental? How did you deal with it?

2. What can you do to stop violence in your school and create a more peaceful environment for everyone at your school? What changes have to happen in school?

3. How can you implement some points of the Peace Manifesto at your school?

This was the largest group:
22 students (not all present on this photo)
first row at the bottom from left to right:
Kevin, Nathalie, Aurelia, Deborah, Guy
middle row from left to right:
Maria Fernanda, Alix,Gustavo, Bianca, Tatiana, Baltazar, Lydia, Patrick F, Kenza
top row from left to right:
Philipe, David, Guilherme, Patrick A.,Fernando, Laetitia

classroom discussion
in the foreground from left to right:
Patrick F., Fernando and David
in the background:
Tanguy and Guilherme

The aim of these questions is:

- To promote awareness of and appreciation for the diverse of cultures and individuals

- To make you aware of conflicts that might arise because of this diversity
- To make you aware of the Peace Manifesto 2000
- To develop understanding that you have a role to play in making your school a more peaceful place
- To act on it

Summary of Discussion

        One of us said he hates another person because he spat on his face. He now wants to fight the other every time he sees him, he feels like breaking his face and says this would give him a great satisfaction. Somehow he would get even.

        We believe that these situations in a bigger scale and involving more people are the generators of wars. Take for instance what is happening in Israel and Palestine nowadays. And there's only one way to stop it: not to answer back violently an act of violence, do not answer to another one's provocation. The peaceful way would be to reason the argument out. Another way to stop violence is when you act in peace towards the others.

        If you compare the violence there is at school to the violence outside, we must say there's almost none here. However, people do fight and sometimes take the fight outside. So, the first thing to do is to respect the others...if we have less violence at school, we are learning to have less violence out of it. We cannot say our school is violent - we do not have people with guns or knives, which is what people usually connect with violence. However, violence may be present in many forms: physical ( slapping, pulling the hair, kicking, scratching, biting, spitting), verbal (swearing, shouting, bullying, screaming) and mental (some students/teachers sometimes humiliate the others by comparing the quality of their academic work , are authoritarian without giving people a chance to dialogue, or threaten the others, we see some people sometimes are discriminated for their religion, social status, height, weight or even because of their intelligence or lack of it). However, whenever this happens, most of the time some action is taken against it. Either by the students themselves who try to reason with the people involved or separate a fight or by the school directors/teachers who apply a punishment after a long talk with the people involved. The punishment may vary between a simple warning to an exclusion from school for a day or two...and sometimes if it's really serious, permanently.

        We believe that respect is the key word for peace. Where there is respect, no matter if you are a student , a teacher or a director, there is trust. If you trust you have an attitude for peace. The points of the manifesto are just how people could behave. Unfortunately, for many all over the world, a dialogue, listening to what the other has to say and respect it, seems more difficult than slapping, raising the voice or humiliating. We believe peace is something we all want, but at the same time, it asks from us a lot of control over our reactions and impulses.

22 people took part in these discussions: Patrick, Guy, Philipe, Baltazar, Laetitia, Maria Fernanda, Aurelia, Kenza, Lydia, Tanguy, Tatiana, Fernando, Kevin, David, Patrick F. , Gustavo, Rita, Bianca, Alix, Deborah and Nathalie.


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