AIS designed the Nonviolence Initiative to stop the violence before it happens by exposing young hearts and minds to different cultures, values and opinions. When children learn at an early age to accept and respect differences, they’re less likely to feel threatened and to react with fear and aggression when challenged.
Based on the ancient Shindu value of ahimsa, which encourages awareness of our relationship to others, the Nonviolence Initiative teaches young children to settle disagreements in spite of their differences.
- Stop, listen and think before you react.
- It’s okay to be different.
- You can disagree and still get along.
- People with opposing views are seeking their own truth, just as you are.
- There is room in this world for many different opinions and beliefs.
“I am a believer in nonviolence and I say that no peace or tranquility will descend upon the people of the world until nonviolence is practiced, because nonviolence is love and it stirs courage in people.” Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (a.k.a. Frontier Gandhi)
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela