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Peace, conflict and security

How do situations like the war in Afghanistan and the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa impact on Libyan Protesters Demand Security in Tripoli © UN Photos on flickrdevelopment? Peace and stability have a huge part to play in how well countries progress and develop. The costs and impact of war can last for generations.

This topic includes some ‘meaty’ issues for pupils to grapple with: war, nuclear weapons, disarmament and death. However, there are sensitive ways in. 

Recommended reading

The following links and articles provide useful background information to help you teach about peace, conflict and security:

Peace Education Network: Education for Peace  A series of articles exploring peace education

Global Dimension: Syria crisis A round-up of useful links and resources (similar round-ups are regularly posted in response to news stories; check the blog and news listings on the Global Dimension website)

Global Dimension: Philosophy for Children Global Dimension article on a teaching methodology that helps develop children’s critical thinking and engagement with complex issues.

Guardian: Conflict and development A collection of articles on the Guardian global development website

Purple Wagon website US-based site aimed at supporting teachers and parents in talking to children about war and terrorism; including useful guidance: Talking with Children when the Talking Gets Tough (PDF)

Teaching resources

Useful teaching resources about peace, conflict and security:

World's Largest Lesson Peace, justice and strong institutions page

Syria crisis page

Wheatcroft case study

Fly kites not drones This website provides teachers and anyone who works with young people with resources to learn about human rights and the effect of armed drones in the skies above us. Resources include two assembly plans, one for upper primary and one for secondary. There are also five workshop plans aimed at different age groups, plus a curriculum map showing how each workshop complements different areas of learning.

Unicef: In search of safety: Children and the refugee crisis in Europe This pack contains activities that can help pupils (aged 7 to 18) make sense of the refugee crisis, with a focus on children and their rights.

Oxfam: Making Sense of World Conflicts  A set of teaching resources for Key Stage 3

RGS: The geography of conflict  Key Stage 3 teaching resources drawing on recent conflicts in such as those in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan

International Committee of the Red Cross: Exploring Humanitarian Law Secondary school resources exploring the rules governing armed conflict

British Red Cross: Teaching Resources  Mainly for Key Stage 3, many of these quick activities and lesson plans explore ways to deal with the effects of conflict

Handicap International: Schools Resources  Explores the impact of landmines and cluster munitions

CAFOD: Peace and conflict (Primary Schools) and Peace and conflict (Secondary Schools) Resources from the Catholic aid agency

For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 3

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