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The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF) trained over 23,000 people in 2019 to prevent and reduce violence

The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF), whose mission is to prevent and reduce violence around the world, has today released its 2019 Evaluation Report outlining the foundation’s contribution to the global effort to stem violence across the globe. In 2019, NVPF trained 23,778 students, 1,587 teachers/trainers and 7,500 volunteers, on four continents.

The report also shows the impact of NVPF educational programs on youth, adults and communities. The results are measured through the systematic use of assessment tools applied to all countries where NVPF is active.

“World leaders, departments of education, schools, but also businesses and administrations must act to stem the violence and we know that the solution lies in education, as this report demonstrates once again. Our goal is to reduce violence by at least 30% in the areas where the Foundation is active and increase the number of beneficiaries of our programs.

Our work, which mainly depends on donations, sponsors and the help of volunteers, is today all the more needed with the dramatic rise of domestic and children abuse generated by the Covid 19 pandemic’s lockdown.” added Blaise Oberson, CEO of NVPF.

NVPF has a 27 years expertise in fighting violence through education and has trained more than 8 million people since 1993. The Foundation has received numerous awards such as the Daily light award by Bill Clinton and the Presidents call to service award by Barack Obama.

“Based on the results gathered, we are pleased to confirm that our education efforts are indeed serving for making a much needed change in the world. The positive improvement that participants experience through the development of their social, emotional and cognitive (SEL) skills are key indicators that prove that there is a real impact on reducing violent behaviour," says Ivana Busljeta, Global Director of Education, NVPF.

Key figures and most significant results achieved 2019*

In 2019, NVPF trained 23,778 students, 1587 teachers/trainers, 7500 volunteers in 49 schools (without including number of schools in Mexico) over four continents.

  • A greater aptitude to manage conflictual situations in any environment (academic, sportive, work…).
    • in India, 84% of the students who followed a non-violence training felt they were able to handle these situations in a different and more positive approach.
  • An increased capacity to recognise harassment (moral, school, sexual) and act upon it.
    • in Switzerland, 85% of the students trained on sexual harassment stated they felt more prepared to face and deal with this issue both during their professional studies or their future career.
  • A reduction in school violence
    • both in Uganda (-36%) and Sweden (-50%), the violent episodes decreased dramatically where a NVPF program was implemented.
  • A stronger skill set of the teachers, coaches or community leaders who will deploy and implement NVPF programs to students of all ages
    • 87% of the teachers trained in Japan, are convinced of the efficiency of the programs and feel ready to distribute them in the various schools

*Figures are based on answers provided by NVP Program participants in the countries mentioned. The full report is available here

For more information about NVPF

Blaise Oberson, CEO, NVPF - Email: blaise@nonviolence.com

For information about our educational programs

Ivana Busljeta, Director of Global Education, NVPF - Email: ivana@nonviolence.com

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The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF) is a non-profit organisation with a mission to inspire, motivate and engage young people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully. NVPF was founded in 1993 in Switzerland and has educated more than 8 million young people, teachers, and sports coaches on five continents. www.nonviolence.com 

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We inspire, motivate and engage people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully through raising awareness and education.

The Non-Violence Project Foundation empowers people with creative tools and skills to cultivate awareness and understanding of non-violence, enabling them to overcome violence, leading to a virtuous cycle of positive impact. We believe that knowledge is power, and that creativity can help unlock the full potential of this power through skill-based learning and learning tools that are more engaging, impactful, and relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

We have educated more than 9 million people on five continents since the organisation was founded in 1993 in Switzerland. Our education programs and outreach initiatives have won several awards for best practise. President Obama awarded NVP the ”President’s Call to Service Award” in 2011. Other awards include the Presidential Daily Light Award, received by President Bill Clinton, the Paul Harris Fellow Award given by Rotary International, the American National Safety Council Award for best practise and the Weed & Seed Award given by US Justice Department in 2009.

It is thanks to our 30-year legacy, symbol of the Knotted Gun, innovative methods, and a growing community of change advocates like you that we can shape a more peaceful and non-violent world.

We are a non-profit based in Geneva, Switzerland, but operating globally, which means you can join us wherever you are.

For more information about us and our initiatives please visit www.nonviolence.com or contact us at admin@nonviolence.com

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