Culture of Peace in Schools with NVC

Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Film: ‘Behind every action there is a need’ – with English subtitles

School children sitting in a circle learning Nonviolent Communication

The film ‘Behind every action there is a need’ is based on the idea that conflicts are inevitable and they can also be the foundation for development of social and personal skills if we are able to get closer and focus on the needs behind the conflict. The film demonstrates how to understand and engage conflicts with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) by describing facts, feelings and needs and asking for a specific action. NVC is a universal process you can use to solve conflicts and restore trust.

NVC can contribute to a peaceful learning environment in schools. See how teachers engage with conflicts in practice and how they promote the feeling of community and a culture of peace. Using NVC, teachers can support children to become well equipped to manage a complex and changing world.

Free materials for schools

In the films the teachers use cards printed with a vocabulary of feelings and needs on them. You can download the cards for FREE here.

Feeling and Needs Cards

We have produced a Teachers Handbook with NVC exercises for teachers & groups of kids. Download the Teachers Handbook for FREE here.

Free Teachers' Handbook Nonviolent Communication

The film is divided into five short films. The first four of these follows one class where we see preschool children from the Agedrup School guided by teachers with NVC to understand their own needs and feelings as well as the feelings and needs of others. Film 1 provides an introduction to a conflict in this preschool. Films 2-4 show the full versions of the clips showed in film 1 and show in detail how the teacher uses NVC to engage with the conflict. Film 5 is about a boy from the 6th grade and his teacher. Children of all ages can learn how to engage with conflicts using the 4 principles of Nonviolent Communication: observations, feelings, needs and requests.


Culture of Peace in schools with NVC - Film 1 of 5 - Behind every action there is a need

Film 1 of 5. Culture of Peace in School with NVC – Behind every action there is a need. Introduction to NVC in schools. We hear a preschool teacher talk about her experience with NVC and how it has changed the social environment in the classroom. We are also introduced to a conflict between two preschool children.
Culture of Peace in schools with NVC - Film 2 of 5 - From conflict to connection, the four elements

Film 2 of 5. Culture of Peace in School with NVC – From conflict to connection: the four elements of the NVC process. Shows how the teacher resolves the conflict from film 1 using the four principles of Nonviolent Communication (observations, feelings, needs, requests). Scenes from film 1 are expanded upon.
Culture of Peace in schools with NVC - Film 3 of 5 - Taking responsibility for my own feelings

Film 3 of 5. Culture of Peace in School with NVC – Taking responsibility for my own feelings. The scenes from film 1 are continued and shows in detail how the cards with feelings & needs help the children to describe their feelings and needs in a conflict.
Culture of Peace in schools with NVC - Film 4 of 5 - Empathy for others, understanding others

Film 4 of 5. Culture of Peace in School with NVC – Empathy for others, understanding others. See the children trying to guess the feelings and needs of others as the teacher helps them to connect more fully to what needs motivated the people in the conflict and draw further learning from the conflict.
Culture of Peace in schools with NVC - Film 5 of 5 - From anger to empathy, Mona and Mohammed

Film 5 of 5. Culture of Peace in School with NVC – From anger to empathy, Mona and Mohammed. Mohammed from the 6th grade and the teacher Mona tell us how their conversation about feelings and needs helped them understand their anger and find self-empathy.


Produced for: The LIVKOM Association
NVC Trainer and Consultant: Kirsten Kristensen, Contact
Sponsored by: The Danish Ministry of Education
Production and Organising: Marianne Rasmussen, Filmkompagniet
English Translation and Text Editing: Tone Productions and Graham Timmins at The Right Word
Illustrated Feelings and Needs Cards: from the book Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson

Copyright: Filmkompagniet, Denmark. Filmkompagniet has produced 24 films which demonstrate good working practices in schools. See more on and some of them in English at



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