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Peace Education from QPSW

Quakers in Britain develop resources to support children and young people to develop the skills and understanding we all need to be peacemakers, whether in our own lives or in the wider world. Linking to the curricula of England, Scotland and Wales these lessons and resources combine fun with critical thinking about issues of peace and justice. Produced by Quaker Peace & Social Witness

Quakers in Britain develop resources to support children and young people to develop the skills and understanding we all need to be peacemakers, whether in our own lives or in the wider world. Linking to the curricula of England, Scotland and Wales these lessons and resources combine fun with critical thinking about issues of peace and justice. Produced by Quaker Peace & Social Witness
Peace Week pack - whole school

Peace Week pack - whole school

“The best thing we’ve ever done together as a school community” Moya Richardson, Associate Head Teacher, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School This whole-school resource pack contains everything staff and pupils need to explore how they can build a peaceful world. You can then develop the attitudes, values and skills needed to create it. Your Peace Week can be run at any time. It can be an exciting way to start a new term, or a positive way to celebrate the end of the school year. Includes: *curriculum linked content for Scotland, Wales and England tools to help you organise lesson plans resources staff training materials tips Peace Week was created by the Quaker Peace Education Programme with help from schools. More: www.quaker.org.uk/peace-education
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To end all wars- Remembrance 1918-2018

To end all wars- Remembrance 1918-2018

To end all wars? This INSPIRE project plan is for a 30-minute introduction to World War I Remembrance. It can be used as an assembly or at the beginning of a poppy-making workshop. You could use it during Remembrance or, better yet, for thinking about peacemaking in your school. It also contains a challenge: what will you do to make peace in the next 100 years? The content can be used with ages 9 and above. The follow-up poppy-making activity is for all ages. Aims:** ** to explore the history of war from World War I to the present day to inspire action to prevent war and build peace (extension) to make a poppy as a symbol of Remembrance for peace.
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Palestine & Israel: Eyewitness in the classroom

Palestine & Israel: Eyewitness in the classroom

This lesson plan is a rich primer for secondary schools on Palestine and Israel today, but more than that, it’s an opportunity to invite a human rights observer to your classroom. Speakers from Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) are ready to visit your school to share their eyewitness stories. The lesson sets up a rich discussion of human rights and how to respond to conflict. Invite an Ecumenical Accompanier to your school via eappi@quaker.org.uk - in the meantime check out the material which supports English, Religious Education, Geography and Citizenship learning.
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Armed Forces Day or militarism?

Armed Forces Day or militarism?

This is a creative way to tackle controversial questions surrounding Remembrance, the armed forces, war and militarism. This attractive poster and the accompanying activities elicit debate and discussion about the reality and ethics of military involvement in British society. Armed Forces Day is a particularly relevant time to open up this discussion in your Citizenship, PSHE lessons and meet your SMSC requirements. It also lends itself to Philosophy for Children sessions at primary or secondary. Everything shown is ‘real’ - something that does happen on the streets of Britain. We’ve provided the resource as a PDF, an image and a clickable webpage (meaning you can click on individual parts of the image and see a related video, report or news story; students could explore this individually or be led through it on an a whiteboard. You can order printed hard copies (free, just pay postage) from http://bookshop.quaker.org.uk We’ve also suggested a range of activities to elicit interesting discussion in the attached document.
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Do drones have a license to kill?

Do drones have a license to kill?

Suitable for students aged 15-18, the lesson explores the ethics and legality of armed drone strikes following the “targeted killing” of British citizen Reeyad Khan in Syria in August 2015. This was Britain’s first use of “self-defence” as justification for a drone strike. Go to www.flykitesnotdrones.org for more information and resources about Fly Kites Not Drones. Aim: To understand and critically respond to the different moral and legal questions raised by armed drone strikes. • To give students the chance to practise their speaking and listening skills, including articulating their own views on drones and listening to the viewpoints of others • To gain an insight into how international law and human rights develop • To investigate and offer reasoned views on ethical issues surrounding drone strikes
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Remembering for Peace | Cofio dros Heddwch | Assembly for Remembrance

Remembering for Peace | Cofio dros Heddwch | Assembly for Remembrance

Remembering for Peace Aim: To encourage children to think about the impact of war and to consider ways of remembering for peace. Cofio dros Heddwch Nod: Annog plant i feddwl am effeithiau rhyfel ac ystyried ffyrdd o gofio er mwyn hyrwyddo heddwch. This assembly has been created ahead of the Peace Education Network's updated edition of the "Teach Peace" pack. It explores the question of what we remember about war and why, looking at the significance of the different colour of poppies.
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Conviction | A WWI critical thinking Project

Conviction | A WWI critical thinking Project

A secondary school-focused teachers’ resource. Through contemporary stories, told through real sources, classes can use Conviction to reveal the dilemmas people faced 1914-18 such as conscientious objection. Accompanying lesson plans explore not only what happened, but moral questions which remain relevant today
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 Fly a kite for peace

Fly a kite for peace

Pupils make their own kites and send your message of hope for peace into the skies… In Afghanistan, where flying kites has great cultural significance, the perfect kite-flying weather also provides perfect conditions for the drones, whose bombs have left children fearful when they play. Afghan Peace Volunteers began Fly Kites Not Drones as a nonviolent way to call for peace. This is Workshop 4 of Fly Kites Not Drones. See more at www.flykitesnotdrones.org
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Human perspectives on armed drones

Human perspectives on armed drones

Aim: To understand how different people think and feel about armed drones and why. Summary In this workshop participants will meet people with different experiences of drones. Through text evidence, imagery and drama, participants will explore these different perspectives and think about human rights and the emotional impacts of drone warfare. Objectives To gain an understanding of the effect of drones on different people’s lives. To practise moral reasoning based on evidence. To use drama and reflection to identify and empathise with different people’s point of view. This is Workshop 2 of Fly Kites Not Drones and can be run as one session or as two shorter sessions. See more at www.flykitesnotdrones.org
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Teach Peace: Conflict Resolution

Teach Peace: Conflict Resolution

This fun assembly from the Teach Peace pack explores the ideas of conflict, cooperation and compromise through the simple story of two mules. A great way to start talking about conflict not just as a danger, but as an opportunity. From of the Peace Education Network
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Budget for a safer world

Budget for a safer world

Using critical thinking, Maths and Citizenship skills, learners will explore a simple question: how should the government spend its money to work towards a safer world? The British government spends roughly £45 billion on defence, but groups like the International Peace Bureau question whether this really makes the world safer. Your class will vote on the best way to spend the money, then compare it with other people’s responses at https://demilitarize.org.uk/day-of-action/vote2016/. Includes Worksheets. A short assembly is also available to download.
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Teach Peace: Barriers to Peace

Teach Peace: Barriers to Peace

This interactive assembly from the Teach Peace Pack explores whether walls build peace using examples of real walls and barriers from different times and places including , the peace lines of Northern Ireland, the barrier around the Palestinian West Bank and oxen lining up to defend their young. Follow-up actvities also allow learning to be deepened in the classroom. Produjced by the Peace Education Network
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Teach Peace: Sadako & the thousand cranes

Teach Peace: Sadako & the thousand cranes

This assembly lays out the true story of Sadako, the girl who inspired hope after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima even after shed died from radiation poisoning. Part of the Teach Peace Pack from The Peace Education Network. Find more great assemblies at http://peace-education.org.uk/teach-peace Aim: to explore the human cost of war and see how children, so often the innocent victims, can work together for peace. This assembly is most effective if it is followed up in the classroom with the making of origami cranes carrying the children’s messages of peace. Some children may find the content of this assembly upsetting, so be aware of the need for sensitive follow up.
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Conscience A World War I critical thinking project

Conscience A World War I critical thinking project

A primary school-focused teachers’ resource. Through contemporary stories, told through real sources, classes can use Conscience to reveal the dilemmas people faced 1914-18. Accompanying lesson plans reveal not only what happened, but moral questions which remain relevant today. CONTENTS: 1: Conscience 2: Albert French 3: Conscientious objection 4: The Friends Ambulance Unit
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Women of World War I

Women of World War I

Published on the centenary of the first International Congress of Women on 28 April 1915, this two-lesson sequence allows students to explore independently the wide range of activities women were engaged in during World War I (WWI) and ask, are women the real peacemakers? Students will become experts in the stories they discover about women who strove for peace, supported the war, worked, campaigned for suffrage or tried to help the victims of war.
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Teach Peace: The Angel of the Prisons, Elizabeth Fry

Teach Peace: The Angel of the Prisons, Elizabeth Fry

Part of the Teach Peace pack, this assembly explores the extraoridnary life of Quaker Elizabeth Fry, the Angel of the Prisons, whose exposure of harsh conditions in Newgate's cells led to prison reform. Aim: to learn about the life of prison reformer Elizabeth Fry and her determination to change something she believed was wrong.
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Budget for a safer world: Assembly

Budget for a safer world: Assembly

In this assembly, students will explore 4 different ways the world could be made safer and vote on the best way. With $1.7 trillion spent on the militaries of the world, the International Peace Bureau and many other organisations question whether we would be safer by spending the money on other things. Everyone in the assembly will get a chance to vote on how to spend the £45 billion which currently makes up the United Kingdom Defence Budget. See the results: https://demilitarize.org.uk/day-of-action/vote2016/ A full lesson plan involving more maths and debate is also available.
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Armed Drones Speaking & Listening Debate

Armed Drones Speaking & Listening Debate

Aim To use the issue of armed drones to explore how to construct an argument using fact and opinion. Summary This workshop sees young people exercise critical thinking and argument on the subject of military drones. Drones or ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAVs) are increasingly used by many countries in war, including the UK and USA, but are they a good idea? Young people will learn about how drones are used, and their effects on civilians, and apply this learning to the construction of an argument. This is Workshop 3 of Fly Kites Not Drones and can be run as one session or as two shorter sessions. See more at www.flykitesnotdrones.org Objectives Participants will practise differentiating between fact and opinion. Participants will learn about how drones are used. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own opinion in discussion. All participants will practise spoken debate. Some participants will integrate persuasive techniques with argument.
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Teach Peace: The Importance of Disobedience

Teach Peace: The Importance of Disobedience

This assembly asks an exciting but serious question for children. Can if ever be right to be disobedient? It uses the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to join Hitler's army in World War 2. The story is gradually revealed to the young people in stages, giving them a chance to decide what they would do.
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Drones in Afghanistan: Why can't Aymel fly his new kite?

Drones in Afghanistan: Why can't Aymel fly his new kite?

Aim: To gain an understanding of drones and how they affect children’s rights. This circle time lesson explores the life of Aymel, a boy from the village of Dadal in Afghanistan. Pupils will learn about human rights and the effect armed drones had on Aymel’s life. The true story behind this lesson was shared by Raz, a member of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. This is Workshop 1 of Fly Kites Not Drones and can be run as one session or as two shorter sessions. See more at www.flykitesnotdrones.org Objectives to understand a number of rights from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to practise spoken language skills, listening and cooperation in their group to explore empathy with people from a different culture to understand what an armed drone is and be able to explain how it can affect children’s rights to recognise that a moral choice is made when a drone is used to attack people.
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