Fellow Since 2000
INPAZ - O Instituto Nacional de Educação para a Paz e para o
This profile was prepared when Feizi Milani was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Feizi's approach differs fundamentally from other violence-prevention: it seeks not simply to repress or avoid violence but to create a new paradigm that promotes a culture of peace and youth development. Instead of ignoring the importance of young people in preventing violence, it engages them in the construction of healthier relations and a more peaceful way of living. Feizi is publicizing his approach to citizen organizations, policymakers, and opinion leaders, in an effort to change the current approaches to reducing violence. He advocates strategies that promote positive values, tolerance, understanding, and peace, which are vital to preventing violence throughout society. With adolescents as the protagonists and multipliers of the model, Feizi is stimulating young people to take responsibility for their schools and communities and begin to transform the violent society in which they live. By involving teachers in devising violence-prevention strategies together with their students and adopting them in their teaching methods, Feizi is improving the learning environment and the quality of education. The program thus brings together parents, community members, and young people to create a culture of peace.