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The Ecole Léon Jouhaux in Villeurbanne, France, received the Evens Prize for Peace Education on 20th September 2013, in the Town Hall of Villeurbanne in the presence of Jean-Paul Bret, Mayor of Villeurbanne.
With the 2013 Evens Prize for Peace Education, the foundation wanted to recognise and distinguish an elementary school in Europe that has integrated and systematically implements peace education principles in it


An independent jury of international experts has distinguished the Léon Jouhaux elementary school for the introduction of innovative methods in constructive conflict management and for its success in the implementation of genuine peace at school. The jury was particularly impressed by the practices set up to improve and encourage the participation of children in the classroom and in school life, the involvement of parents and the system applied for enforcing rules.

The winning school receives the sum of €25,000, allocated partly to the dissemination of its good practices throughout Europe.

The award ceremony took place on 20th September 2013, in the Town Hall of Villeurbanne in the presence of Jean-Paul Bret, Mayor of Villeurbanne.

On this occasion of M. Eric Debarbieux, Head of the French Ministerial Delegation in charge of the Prevention of and the Fight against Violence at School, and a member of the jury of the Evens Prize for Peace Education, delivered the keynote speech. With a role play and a musical intermezzo, the pupils and teachers of the laureate school completed the evening program.

In order to support the dissemination of good practices, the other candidate schools were invited to visit the laureate school and share their experiences and good practices.

For further information about the 2013 prize winner click here.

Jury of the 2013 Evens Prize for Peace Education

Míriam Acebillo Bacqué (ES), Researcher and Teacher at the Escola de Cultura de Pau, part of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the 2011 laureate of the Evens Prize for Peace Education;

Vanessa Andreotti (FI), Coordinator of the EDGE research group (Ethics, Diversity, Globalization and Education) at the University of Oulu;

Tomas Baum (BE), Director of the Flemish Peace Institute, Chairman of the jury;

Maria Carme Boque Torremorel (ES), Head of Teaching at the Department of Education of Ramon Llull University in Barcelona;

Eric Debarbieux (FR), Professor and Researcher at Paris-Est Créteil University. Director of the International Observatory of Violence in School. Head of the Ministerial Delegation for the Prevention of and Fight against Violence at School;

Alicja Pacewicz (PL), Co-founder and Vice-President of the Centre for Citizenship Education. Adviser to the Polish Education Ministry and the Polish Central Research Commission.