Leading Peace Education Organisation in Finland

The Peace Education Institute is a Finnish, politically non-aligned peace organization for educators who work in formal and non-formal education settings. In practice, this means teachers, youth workers or activists who are interested in creating safer, more inclusive and equal spaces in their work and in wider society. Our work is guided by three themes that are anti-racism, equality, and global citizenship.

For educators and activists, we offer education, methods, materials, and support in their daily work. We also develop new methods and approaches on more inclusive, equal, antiracist, safer, and sustainable work cultures in schools or non-formal education settings. A large part of our work is international, as we are closely linked to our colleagues, especially in Europe, who work with similar themes in their own contexts and a big part of our funding comes from the European Union. 

For us, peace education in practice means strengthening and building resilience and trust in society, encouraging active and participatory citizenship, as well as solving everyday life’s conflicts in a nonviolent manner. It is also about making power structures and privileges more visible and recognising, managing, and transforming hate speech, racism, and exclusion in educators’ work. 

On these pages, you can find our future and past trainings, projects, and actions. You are most welcome to join us! 

Projects and news

Currently, we are conducting several projects to increase equity, equality, inclusion, and anti-racism in schools and non-formal educational settings. Annually, we implement teachers in-service training projects nationally reaching in total several thousand teachers every year. In Helsinki municipality, we are currently organizing a set of more than 150 anti-racism workshops for kindergarten and pre-school staff members, teachers, and school principals. 

We have trained more than 2,000 teachers and youth workers on participatory equality planning in 2015–2020. One of our new approaches to peace education is to use documentary films to create creative spaces for transformative learning moments where sensitive and difficult issues can be tackled together. Yearly, we publish various toolkits, manuals, and training materials for teachers and youth workers – most of them being outcomes from international projects. Our international work is mainly funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. See below some of our current and recent international projects. 

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Creative Space for Dialogue

Creative space for dialogue is a Erasmus+ project which brings together almost one hundred experts in the fields of culture, media, art education and youth work from Finland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Poland in 2022. Apply to the workshops!

Young people from different project groups are getting to know each other.

Solidarity Project Workshop

The European Union offers to fund young adults for projects enhancing solidarity and we, in turn, offer support to apply for this funding.

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Safer

The project provides teachers and other professionals with tools and skills to tackle hate speech, discriminatory bullying, and excluding practices in schools.