Laureates’ Educational Initiatives

Many Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award engage in educational activities and have initiated schools or learning centres. Learn more about these initiatives and institutions.

The online Transcend Peace University headed by Professor Johan Galtung (1987 Laureate), also known as the “Father of Peace Studies”, offers courses in numerous subjects related to peace- and conflict studies.

Bija Vidyapeeth, the ‘Earth University’, established by Dr. Vandana Shiva (1993 Laureate), offers, in partnership with the Schumacher College in the UK, a unique opportunity to explore and practice the art and science of sustainability based on ecological principles at the peaceful and pollution-free setting of Navdanya’s organic farm in Doon Valley, India.

Gono Bishwabidyalay – The People’s University – founded by Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury (1992 Laureate) in Bangladesh aims to serve as a link between the ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’ sectors of the society and economy, guided respectively by established science and by the people’s experience and knowledge.

The Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes (ENFF) was set up by the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement MST (1991 Laureate) and opened in 2005. Constructed in adobe by volunteers, it is a place for thinking, planning, organising and developing political training for workers and activists. More than 10,000 social movement activists have participated in programmes and activities carried out by the school.

The School for Wellbeing located in Bangkok, Thailand, offers a creative learning space for a diversity of stakeholders inducing cross-cultural studies in happiness, well-being and quality of life. Sulak Sivaraksa (1995 Laureate) is one of the facilitators at the School for Wellbeing.

The Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, founded by Ibrahim Abouleish (2003 Laureate) and located in Egypt, is committed to find answers to today’s and future challenges  – climate change, resource scarcity, population growth and extreme poverty – and has declared sustainable development to be its overall guiding principle.

Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education, a non-profit university in Kabul, Afghanistan was founded in 2010 by Sima Samar (2012 Laureate). The Institute offers training in the fields of political science, political sociology, economic planning, as well as leadership and administration in education. Through tuition subsidies and scholarships, it aims to provide greater opportunities for women, poor and marginalised students.

The School of Ecology is part of Health of Mother Earth Foundation’s IKIKE, a knowledge space for the interrogation of concepts, policies and actions on various issues, ranging from environmental/climate justice, agriculture, re-source democracy and overall socio-ecological transformation. It was founded ny Nnimmo Bassey (2010 Laureate). The school challenges mindsets and points at alternatives aimed at building wellbeing without harming our planet, other species and peoples.