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Writing Peace Manual - Training Tools and Resources

About the Manual

“Writing Peace” is a manual that invites young audiences to discover contemporary writings through the introduction of various languages. Its goal is to make the world appear a little closer and a little more familiar. "Writing Peace" encourages children (ages8 to 14) to become aware of the interdependence of cultures through familiarization with contemporary writing systems, their history, and their borrowings.

The manual contains 24 activity sheets. Each section presents the characters of a writing system, an introductory text and historical background, the word “peace” and the word “hello,” the language(s) attached to the system(s), and an activity whose answers appear at the end of manual.

Six thousand years after the advent of writing, what do we know about others, their systems of thought, and the transcriptions of their writing systems? How can different writing systems contribute to a better understanding of the world and our place within it? By beginning to learn about these writings and their fascinating beauty, the manual connects children to diversity, thus opening their eyes to the concept of peace and our awareness of it.

"Writing Peace" is currently available in French, Arabic, English, Portuguese and Spanish.


About the author

Eric Cattelain, the author, provided scientific coordination of both the Writing Peace manual and the catalog for the exhibition. He has a PhD in Linguistics, with an expertise in Language and Culture called Semio.Logics and is an Associate Professor in Bordeaux’s Department of Multimedia and Internet (MMI).  He is also behind the Pantopie project. He edited the French manual, along with Michel Lafon, which then served as the basis for English and Arabic adaptations.


The Writing Peace manual was realized thanks to a generous contribution by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Programme for a Culture of Peace and Dialogue.