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Teaching Nonviolence

After several years of teaching nonviolence to youth and adults, we created these cards to teach the principles and practices of nonviolence through the lens of Gandhi’s life, whose name is among the most famous in world history.

These cards are useful for middle school students through adults in:

  • Workshops
  • Classrooms
  • Leadership training
  • Interfaith dialogues

People all over the world have had a chance to interact with our cards and have found them useful for personal meditation, historical education, and as an “icebreaker” tool to get people thinking about social justice (they also make great graduation gifts!). The cards include original photos from Gandhi’s life and the Indian Independence Movement on the front, and historical information, and interactive prompts on the back.

Gandhi Cards in Action

Our goal is to increase people’s understanding about nonviolence in a way that is informative, interactive, and inspirational by communicating the message of hope and peace that Gandhi fought so hard to achieve in his brilliant lifetime.

We love to receive stories and pictures of our Gandhi Cards in action. Have some to share? Email them to mitch@gandhiinstitute.org.  

Check out photos of the Gandhi Cards around the world below!

From left: University of Rochester students use Gandhi cards to teach each other about nonviolence; Shanghai students with Gandhi cards; Gandhi Decks were distributed at the United Naitons during their “Significance of Non-violence in Today’s World” event; youth with Gandhi cards in Istanbul; A Gandhi card overlooks the Bosphorus strait in Turkey; a Shanghai student shows his enthusiasm for the cards.

The students in Shanghai translated Gandhi Decks into Chinese as part of an English as a second language program, learning nonviolence and developing linguistic skills in the process.

Student / PTO Fundraising Opportunity

The Gandhi Institute is currently selling Gandhi & Nonviolence Cards designed to teach information about Gandhi and nonviolence in a fun and interactive way. Each deck of 43 cards contains instructions for use for individuals, families, classrooms, and other groups. Each deck sold yields $2.00 profit for school groups.


Gandhi Decks are available for purchase: 

1) At One World Goods:
Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618

2) Online 


Gandhi & Nonviolence Cards are $20.00 per deck which includes shipping (throughout the mainland US) and a small donation to the Gandhi Institute.

Our partnership with the National Association for Community Mediation

The National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) is an official partner of the Gandhi Institute. Under this partnership, the NAFCM features Institute programming and trainings via webinars for their national network. Additionally, NAFCM is a national distributor of the Institute’s locally produced educational product, the Gandhi & Nonviolence Cards, which are available for purchase at their online store.


“I keep the cards on my desk as a reminder to speak with more care and awareness when dealing with challenging colleagues.” – Rochester City School District Administrator

“The Gandhi Cards provide a perfect opportunity to cultivate habits of mind and heart that will lead people to act ethically, courageously, kindly, and wisely. They can be incorporated fluidly and flexibly into language arts and social studies curricula; be utilized by groups attempting to diminish violence in all its forms in any community, and provide a powerful way for anyone to introduce important questions about peace in the context of powerful stories about Mahatma Gandhi’s life and work.” – Zoe Weil, President, The Institute for Humane Education

I believe the Gandhi & Nonviolence Cards are a very beneficial tool to spread the message of nonviolence in the classroom or even at workshops. I think the cards set the tone of an informal, subtle way of implementing the information in a different form that reaches the need or learning style of everyone.” 
– Julia Polidore-Oakley, Director, Nonviolence Social Empowerment Project