True to our name (Standing Together to Enable Peace), STEP has decided to take a stand for Peace and against the Violence that plagues our society. For that purpose, we design and execute innovate youth programs that encourage all participants to question and reject Violence in favour of a Culture of Peace.
In order to achieve our goal of propagating a Culture of Peace, STEP runs a number of long term and process oriented programs that can be largely categorized as Peace Education, Peace Advocacy and Peace in Action.
WHO WE ARE
Standing Together Enable Peace Trust (STEP) is a non-profit organization established in Delhi in 2009. Our vision is to work towards building a free, just, non-violent, sustainable, equal and mindful society through education, advocacy and action. We work mostly with teachers, youth and children, especially those in at risk communities, to directly empower leadership and innovation.
At STEP we believe “Peace is not the absence of conflict but the ability of people to deal with it imaginatively.”
Our mission is to empower youth, children and teachers and create spaces for:
- Fostering community and initiating dialogue (Sanmati)
- Promoting critical thinking and inquiry (Satyagraha)
- Socio-economic and political justice and equality (Sarvodaya)
- Negotiating identities and freedom from fear (Swaraj)
- Non-violent action and strategy (Ahimsa)
- Interconnectivity and ecology (Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam)
PROGRAMS AND IMPACTS
The three major projects that STEP has been running are:
- Peace education teacher training for Manipur, Kashmir and Delhi Teachers: Providing educators the tools for dealing with issues such bullying, violence, identity-based conflict etc
- Youth Peace Training: Enabling socioeconomic and politically disenfranchised youth to develop skills for social transformation. This has led to building community initiatives such as a women’s self help group in Burari Village near Delhi.
- Delhi- Critical media literacy for building a culture of peace.
- Annual Peace Festival Jashn-e-Aman (21st September -2nd October), held across various states.
In a short span of three years, STEP has conducted over 256 workshops in Delhi, Kashmir, Gujarat, Chandigarh, Uttrakhand and Manipur as well as held 4 annual 12 day ‘Festivals of Peace’ across multiple cities, resulting in outreach of 10,000 people including over 300 teachers and 3,000 participants.
Take the STEP – Towards Building a Culture of Peace today!!