Values, Character & Peacebuilding

The “Values, Character & Peacebuilding” category of the Great Places to School recognizes institutions that foster character development, responsibility, service, self-discipline, and 21st-century skills like collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. The schools should have governance structures promoting leadership qualities and confidence, and use experiential-based approaches to cultivate peaceful cultures.

They address issues like violent extremism, online safety, and racial and religious segregation, with minimal incidents of bullying and strikes, and a focus on peaceful conflict resolution.  The category also emphasizes on resilience, determination, aspiration, respect, and team spirit. It rewards schools that have value-ambassadors, good behaviour policies, and comprehensive frameworks that guide belief development in students.  The category focuses on assessing the problem-solving mechanisms implemented by schools to address conflicts and foster a culture of peace.