Teaching for Peace

This three week is designed for K-12 teachers, and educators who wish to integrate practical nonviolence into their lives, classrooms, and schools. This program is based on experiential learning, summarized by the acronym, L.O.V.E.

Learn in the classroom, Observe all over, Visualize or contemplate, and Experience.

Intensive coursework entails morning lectures, afternoon discussions, field trips to institutions practicing nonviolence, such as schools and businesses, interactions with people who live a nonviolent lifestyle, as well as conversations with learned scholars. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to develop new ideas and add breadth and depth to your curriculum through collaboration with like-minded, enthusiastic colleagues. If desired, participants may do additional coursework to earn three graduate credits.

Class size
Places of stay
July 03-23, 2023
US $600

For earning 3 credit units, you don’t have to pay any additional fee. However, there is a surcharge of US $25 in case your university wishes us to courier the official transcript directly. Click Here for Credit Units and Grade System.


What you will learn and discuss? During the course of the program, you will…

  • Learn the basics of ahimsa, its foundation, and its scope in everyday life and education;
  • Observe the use of ahimsa principles both inside and outside the classroom;
  • See why ahimsa occupies such a pivotal role in particular individuals and communities;
  • Study Gandhi and how he was influenced by the concept of ahimsa;
  • Explore historical and living examples of ahimsa and discuss them with fellow participants;
  • Relate the practice of ahimsa to the protection of the environment, and thus the human race;
  • Draw connections between contemporary issues within the context of education and the use of nonviolence to promote productive solutions;
  • Application of ahimsa in our lives, the classroom, and the school itself;
  • Visit a variety of schools and interact with students, fellow teachers, and managements.


Other Information:

  • ISJS provides full lodging (twin shared air-cooled rooms), boarding (Jain vegetarian wholesome food), and inland travel in India associated with the program. Limited AC rooms are available at an additional cost.
  • All other costs including air travel to India and back, visa and medical insurance, stay in India prior to or after the program and all personal expenses including medical and toiletries are to be borne by the candidate himself/herself.
  • An acceptance fee of US $200 is payable in advance by electronic transfer to ISJS India when admission is offered to you and you accept to attend the program. This amount will be adjusted with your fee on your arrival in India i.e. on your arrival you will need to pay US $400.
  • ISJS does not provide any stipend or financial assistance to any participant of this program.
  • Based on the Statement of Purpose we will provide you with a topic to prepare an essay/paper for Group Discussions.
  • Afternoon Sessions for group discussions and presentations.
  • All travel (three-tier AC train or AC bus) within India in connection with the ISSJS program.
  • Candidates who withdraw from the program during the currency of the program shall forfeit the remaining tuition fee.


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