Children need peace education
Britain is the only country in the EU to recruit 16 year olds to the Armed Forces. Quakers believe that schools receiving input from the military should also include peace education in their curriculum.
Educate and Disarm
The newsletter of QPSW Peace & Disarmament and Peace Education programmes - January 2014 edition [PDF - new window] now available.
'Teach Peace' resource
The 'Teach Peace' resource is available online and from the Quaker Bookshop as a printed pack. In the pack you will find a set of 8 assemblies, follow-up activities/resources and prayers and reflections on peace.
Conscience and Conviction - WWI school resources
QPSW has produced two new resources for peace education: Conscience (primary school-focused) and Conviction (secondary school-focused).
What is a peaceful school?
Video made by The Peaceful Schools Movement of Spiritual England
UN international day of peace
Sunday 21 September is the UN international day of peace, and QPSW has some materials available for teachers to use in secondary school assemblies.
Through peace education work QPSW supports those who encourage young people's pursuit of nonviolent lifestyles and approaches to conflict. QPSW works closely with primary and secondary schools to develop peace education initiatives.
We focus on all aspects of peace education, with work for peace and about peace, seen as having a distinct, though interrelated focus.
Education about peace includes:
- exploring the issues of war
- arms and disarmament
- conscientious objection
- human rights, citizenship and social justice
- challenging widely held assumptions
Education for peace includes:
- teaching the skills of peacemaking by examining the nature of conflict
- introducing conflict resolution, mediation and problem solving skills and techniques.
Peace Education Schools Outreach Day held on 11 November 2014
The Outreach Day at Manchester Meeting House brought together Quakers, many from Northern Friends Peace Board, and Pax Christi members to discuss how to advance peace education.
Held on Remembrance Day, the day began with a Quakerly silence at 11am, punctuated by a loud cannon blast nearby which brought many of the issues about peace and militarisation into focus. Schools up and down the country will have observed a silence at the same time, but we wondered how deeply they would explore what peace means for young people today.
We discussed the best ways to engage with schools, and shared the successes and challenges building networks.
Matt Jeziorski of Pax Christi led an activity from Teach Peace exploring the moral dilemmas of a conscripted soldier balancing the expectations of family, community, nation, church and his own conscience.
Groups explored how to use role-play to explore stories from World War I using the Conscience and Conviction resources from QPSW.
Philip Austin of Northern Friends Peace Board led as session sharing stories and upcoming opportunities in peace education, including training peer mediators in Leeds and Sheffield, circle time workshops, challenging Combined Cadet Forces in schools and making resources.
Peace Education Network and Teachers TV
As part of the peace education work QPSW is a member of the Peace Education Network (PEN). PEN worked with Teachers TV to make a programme on the topic in spring 2010 and broadcast in June of that year.
You might also like to visit the following pages:
- Commemorating World War I - an opportunity to educate for peace [PDF: 172 kb]
- Peaceful primary schools - 21 June 2012 article by Izzy Cartwright in the Friend [offsite link]
- More about the Quaker peace testimony and a workshop pack
- Volunteering and summer schools for young people
- Preparing for peer mediation
- A Quaker view on... leaflet (covers justice and equality as well as peace)
- Speakers for free - peace education
Geneva Summer School
Every July 25 young people take part in a 12-day Summer School in Geneva, which is run by the Quaker UN Office. This event has been running annually since the early 1950s.
Information on how to apply can be found on the Jobs page from early January every year.
The programme includes:
- talks from UN civil servants, country diplomats and NGO representatives
- visits to the institutions of the UN, the Red Cross and the UNHCR
- informal discussion sessions at Quaker House
The programme follows the subject areas of the three QUNO Programme staff:
- Peace & Disarmament
- Trade & Development
- Human Rights & Refugees
For more information on all Quaker Schools please visit their website: http://www.quakerschools.co.uk/ [offsite link]