How do situations like the war in Afghanistan and the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa impact on development? 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.
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)
Useful teaching resources about peace, conflict and security:
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
For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
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