What is violence and what is not

Goal of the exercise: To learn to recognize the words and their meaning, to learn what is violence and what is not and to see what children think about it.
Age of participants: 14-17 years old
Number of participants: 10
Duration: 30 minutes
Materials: paper and pens

Step by step

  1. Put 20 papers on which are written words associated with violence or non violence on the floor.
  2. Every participant has to take few of them and put them on the wall where it’s written, “its violent” and “its not violent”.
  3. After all the papers are stick on the wall the trainers start a discussion.

The words

Associated with violence:

  • Power
  • Hate
  • Aggression
  • Fear
  • Discrimination
  • Weakness
  • Stone
  • Control
  • Crying
  • Yelling

Associated with non-violence:

  • Friendship
  • Love
  • Trust
  • Help
  • Caring
  • Peace
  • Flower
  • Strong
  • Freedom
  • Smile


  • Do you think the violence is very present in our society?
  • Why did you associate these words with violence or non-violence?

Authorship/adaptation or source: unknown source, adapted by Association PEL

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