The WE MAKE PEACE learning materials in brief
We are introducing a varied educational program entitled WE MAKE PEACE that can be implemented directly into the lesson plans for the 8-12 yrs age group in both public and private schools and After School Programs.
The program is a social and emotional learning program that provides students with the tools and knowledge of how to practice peace in their everyday environment. Only by practicing peace do we become good peacemakers. Hence the children will be writing about peace, debating, acting, designing, cooking and composing songs and lyrics about peace.
By actively taking part in projecting an anti-bullying and anti-crime message throughout the school and local community the children become active peace pioneers and responsible leaders of their community.
The content of each lesson cover themes of:
P for Positivism, E for Empathy, A for Acceptance, C for Compassion, and E for Equality
• Human Rights
• Anti-Bullying Principles
• Non-violent Conflict Resolution
In addition our materials are tried and tested successfully in hundreds of schools in Denmark and have been proven through pilot projects implemented in school classes in the UK and in the US.
The WE MAKE PEACE education materials are both versatile and widely relevant within the current educational framework. The lesson plans and activities can be applied to a number of subjects, must relevantly for Citizenship, English, PSHE as well as cross curricular modules in art, drama, music, food and Religious Education at Key Stage 2 & 3.
The educational pack is suitable for engaging Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, PBL (Theme or project-based-learning), Transitionary learning courses (essential Keystage 2/3) as well as off timetable courses. They also cover important OFSTED points for EWB (emotional wellbeing).
UN COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
(Forty-ninth session ) RECOMMENDATION:
Article 20. The Committee recommends that the State party, in collaboration with civil society organizations, develop and implement training programmes and campaign to promote the values of peace and respect for human rights and include the suband human rights as a fundamental subject in the education system.
EVERY CHILD MATTERS
Personal development is a vital part of the curriculum and peace education has a distinctive contribution to make in this area. The programme of study for WE MAKE PEACE provides opportunities to plan sequences of work, learning outcomes and teaching approaches that support personal development through four of the five Every Child Matters outcomes:
o Be healthy – A healthy body and a healthy mind goes hand in hand. The WE MAKE PEACE programme of study provides the class with a variety of activities and exersices focused on both the student’s physical and mental well-being. The learning course is structured to engage the student into actively taking part through exercises emphasising every child’s right and need for well-being. The materials challenge the students to find their own answers and solutions to how you make peace in your every day live, alone, with eachother, in a group. Learning simple principles of conflict resolution gives the students confidence, self esteem and power to make positive changes in their lives.
o Stay safe – Being safe is a basic need for all children and a preresiquite for personal development and learning. If you are not safe you are not in a good position to learn and grow as a person. WE MAKE PEACE offers a learning course about human rights and the rights of a child, as outlined in the UN convention, which is vital for an understanding of the rules that are in effect and there to protect you. The materials cover peace and safety education on an Individual, social, environmental, and global level.
o Enjoy and achieve – The personal development skills inbuilt in the WE MAKE PEACE programme of study will provide students with valuable life-long tools for problem shooting, team working, being in charge of their own conflict resolution as well as helping others in conflict, finding the good compromise, good listening skills, getting used to preparing and making oral presentations alone and in a group, fighting for a cause, voicing your opinion, organising and taking part in discussions, events, and group activities. All of which adds to individual confidence, self esteem and positive self-image.
o Make a positive contribution – The WE MAKE PEACE campaigns are focused around the positive outcomes of your actions, as opposed to the negatives sides of conflicts, war, disaster and poverty. The programme of study is focused on buiding social skills, finding positive solutions and generating innovative ideas to problems on an individual level, social level, environmental level and global level. With emphasis on communication skills and creative collaborations and joint composition exercises the student will be challenged to make a difference and take a stance. Contributing to a greater whole is vital for our sense of identity and worth in a society.