Under the umbrella of IMAGO is Paz Escolar, an educational program geared at students aged 4 to 12, who learn the techniques of negotiations through  educational activities and games. The program is implemented during school hours or as after-school program. In 2011, the first pilot program of Paz Escolar was carried out in three elementary schools of Lima, Peru, in collaboration with CEDRO ( 

Paz Escolar is available in Spanish for urban and rural settings, and it is also used by community educators to teach conflict resolution techniques. A new implementation is being launched in several urban elementary schools in Trujillo, Peru, where a pilot program is included in the school curriculum for the year 2023. 

Paz Escolar: negotiation skills since an early age

Classroom violence occurs in all cultures, at all socioeconomic levels, and increases rapidly. To relieve violence from elementary schools, 4 to 12 year-old students in Peruvian schools follow the easy-to-understand educational program geared at institutions eager to prevent school violence.

The role of the teacher
The teacher understands the material that includes activities, stories and songs to reinforce the theory presented during each session. The implementation is followed by the teacher throughout the year with the help of evaluation and monitoring systems with continuous measurements throughout the year.
The role of the student
Students learn new communication patterns and negotiation skills, resolving conflicts in the classroom in a peaceful and constructive manner.

The evidence of a need
A survey was conducted with 138 third grade elementary students and 7 teachers in three schools located in low-income neighborhoods of Lima, Peru. The survey showed:
  • – Students showed a systematic lack of respect towards teachers and administrators,
  • – 37% of the students mentioned the existence of violence in the classroom,
  • – 44% of students mentioned violence at school.

Teaching structure of Paz Escolar

Paz Escolar is an educational program applied from preschool through fourth grade with 16 lessons per school year. Each lesson lasts an hour and is integrated into the curriculum at the teacher’s will.

Paz Escolar includes educational activities that stimulate students’ individual and social development, with conflict resolution techniques applied in the classroom, stimulating children’s acquisition of assertiveness in the fight against violence.

Paz Escolar includes a teacher’s training program and a follow-up method to encourage experience exchange among teachers and school masters. Evaluation and monitoring processes are also included.

Values developed

• Autonomy
• Cooperation
• Identity
• Respect
• Responsibility
• Solidarity
• Tolerance
• Peace

Photo Gallery

Slideshow of the pilot program in low-income neighborhoods of Lima, Perú