The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is UNESCO’s category 1 Research Institute that focuses on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 towards education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world. We designed a document that they published in December 2017, to be distributed to countries that UNESCO works in, all over the world.

The #YouthWagingPeace guidebook is a document for anyone interested in understanding Violent Extremism and exploring the relationship between Education and Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE). The guide garnered over 2000 youth submissions/case studies, and finally integrated over 150 case study submissions from young educators and practitioners from 50+ countries. It provides a set of actionable guidelines for PVE to teachers, school administrators, policy makers, family, religious leaders and other informal influencers.

We integrated the content with illustrations; using a style that we developed which is a juxtaposition of icons and water colors; to make the guidebook easier on the eyes, and to keep readers thinking beyond just the text. The body text (though considerable in amount) is comfortably spaced, and therefore not just bodies of text that one tends to skip.

The book was very well received, globally, and even garnered special mentions from various members and advisors to the United Nations, urging for it to be translated to multiple languages so it can be distributed further.

The typographic unit we created for #YouthWagingPeace, has now become a globally used symbol for the movement; and many of the illustrations we created have now been used in promotional capacities to help spread the many important messages the Guidebook carries.

 

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