Laureates’ Educational Initiatives

2020 Laureate Bryan Stevenson at the Equal Justice Initiative's National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama, credit: Matthew Odom.
1995 Laureate Sulak Sivaraksa in Bangkok, credit: Wichian Longlalerng

Learn directly from the change-makers!

Many Right Livelihood Laureates engage in educational activities and have initiated schools, universities or learning centres to empower others with the knowledge and skills they need to take action and drive positive change in their own communities.

These initiatives also include research centres, magazines and books as well as movies, documentaries and television shows for kids. You’ll find youth leadership programmes, material for teachers and educators, summer schools and other formats for all age groups.

Learn more about these initiatives and institutions below!

KSSP Publications - Science for Social Revolution

Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP), a 1996 Laureate from India, educates people by hosting a YouTube channel and publishing books. It also puts out three different monthly science magazines for school children of all ages and general readers. The magazines have been published continuously for more than 50 years, with a total of 45,000 copies every month.

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The Small Planet Institute

The Small Planet Institute spreads the concept of "Living Democracy" - an evolving way of life beyond a form of government - promoted by 1987 Laureate Frances Moore-Lappé. They offer EcoMind Workshops, which help participants to re-evaluate concepts such as democracy and society.

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Books to kids

Plenty Belize, sister organisation of 1980 Laureate Plenty International, supports primary schools, women’s groups and communities with poverty alleviation, and providing access to food, energy, water and a clean environment. Their project called “Books to kids” distributes free books to disadvantaged children, while the GATE School Gardens programme helps teachers and students grow vegetables and herbs.

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Youth Leadership for Earth Democracy

The project “Youth Leadership for Earth Democracy” is a holistic learning project by 1993 Laureate Vandana Shiva. It aims to train youth leaders for a systems transformation to protect the rights of nature and future generations.

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Equal Justice Initiative

2020 Laureate Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative has built a powerful toolkit for public education about the history of US racial injustice and its legacy. It includes groundbreaking reports and interactive websites, lesson plans, and powerful films like Just Mercy and the HBO documentary True Justice.

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The Gulliver Project

The Gulliver project is an educational programme by the 2006 Laureate International Poetry Festival of Medellín for children and young people who are socially at risk. It aims to improve social, cognitive and emotional skills as well as knowledge and the defence of human rights.

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Manfred Max-Neef Foundation

The Manfred Max-Neef Foundation aims to update and disseminate the ideas, theories and proposals of 1983 Laureate Manfred Max-Neef. Through activism, research, education, consulting and publications, the Foundation works to inspire a transformative economy in line with living beings' well-being and environment.

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Survival International

1989 Laureate Survival International has created learning materials (in German) for schools and educational institutions aiming to give students the tools to challenge the racism and stereotypes indigenous peoples face and motivate them to take action so that indigenous peoples can determine their own future.

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Licht fŸr die Welt feiert den 20. Geburtstag. FOTO: Yetnebersh Nigussie Molla (Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development)

Yetnebersh Academy

The Yetnebersh Academy is an inclusive school for underprivileged children in Addis Ababa, opened by 2017 Laureate Yetnebersh Nigussie. The school offers an inclusive, child-friendly and accessible environment for more than 500 students. It has both kindergarten and primary classes up to 8th grade.

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TEMA, an environmental organisation founded by 2012 Laureate Hayrettin Karaca, aims to increase ecological literacy by organising events and offering training to thousands of teachers and millions of students from different ages on topics like soil erosion, climate and natural habitat protection.

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Transcend Peace University

The online Transcend Peace University headed by Professor Johan Galtung (1987 Laureate), who is also known as the “Father of Peace Studies,” offers courses in numerous subjects related to peace and conflict studies.

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Bija Vidyapeeth

Bija Vidyapeeth, the "Earth University," established by 1993 Laureate Vandana Shiva offers, in partnership with the Schumacher College in the UK, a unique opportunity to explore and practice the art and science of sustainability based on ecological principles at the peaceful and pollution-free setting of Navdanya’s organic farm in Doon Valley, India.

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Gono Bishwabidyalay

Gono Bishwabidyalay – The People’s University – founded by 1992 Laureate Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury in Bangladesh aims to serve as a link between the "modern" and "traditional" sectors of society and the economy, guided respectively by established science and by people’s experience and knowledge.

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The Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes (ENFF)

The Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes (ENFF) was set up by the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement MST (1991 Laureate) and opened in 2005. Constructed using adobe clay by volunteers, it is a place for thinking, planning, organising and developing political training for workers and activists. More than 10,000 social movement activists have participated in programmes and activities carried out by the school.

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The Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development

The Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, founded by 2003 Laureate Ibrahim Abouleish, located in Egypt, is committed to finding answers to the challenges of today and tomorrow – climate change, resource scarcity, population growth and extreme poverty - under the its overall guiding principle of sustainable development.

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The School for Wellbeing

The School for Wellbeing located in Bangkok, Thailand, offers a creative learning space for a diversity of stakeholders inducing cross-cultural studies in happiness, well-being and quality of life. 1995 Laureate Sulak Sivaraksa is one of the facilitators at the School for Wellbeing.

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The School of Ecology

The School of Ecology is part of Health of Mother Earth Foundation’s IKIKE, a knowledge space for the investigation of concepts, policies and actions on various issues, ranging from environmental/climate justice, agriculture, re-source democracy to overall socio-ecological transformation. It was founded by 2010 Laureate Nnimmo Bassey. The school challenges mindsets and points to alternatives aimed at increasing well-being without harming our planet, other species and peoples.

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Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education

Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education, a non-profit university in Kabul, Afghanistan was founded in 2010 by Sima Samar (2012 Laureate). The Institute offers training in the fields of political science, political sociology, economic planning, as well as leadership and administration in education. Through tuition subsidies and scholarships, it aims to provide greater opportunities for women, and poor and marginalised students.

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Robert Jungk Bibliothek für Zukunftsfragen

The Robert-Jungk International Futures Library is a classical library and a base for discussing future issues, building on the spirit of 1986 Laureate Robert Jungk. It conducts Future Workshops, provides consulting and in-depth information.

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