Educationforpeace-dot-comis a resource for the promotion of "skills for a better world". It is in active use by teachers that wish to teach themes related to peace, or wish to promote peace skills in their classrooms, and for facilitators of workshop in peace related themes. The website is also used as a resource for workshops at summer camps and seminars, both in connection with youth work and by voluntary organisations involved in training mediators, teaching for intercultural/interreligious dialogue and other such activities.
Developing skills for a better world
Many skills must be developed to nourish peacework. Specialised competence is needed to support all the measures that make a holistic input for peace. A great deal and diversity of knowledge is needed to develop the best strategies. This is beautifully exemplified by the Peacework Tree diagram, created by Tim Wallis, former director of Nonviolent Peaceforce.Educationforpeace-dot-com focuses on the skills regarded as the core peace skills: communication, conflict transformation, personal conflict management, promoting positive attitudes, dialogue and more.
Educationforpeace-dot-com gives a short introduction to education for peace and its pedagogical platform, and describes how to build up a successful workshop around a topic. You will find suggestions for exercises and games for the various stages of the workshop, together with various educational "packages" and activities for each topic to be covered, skill to be trained, or stage of the workshop (warming up, evaluation etc.) - see the drop down menus above. The site includes over 200 different activities. The aim and instructions for each activity is included, in addtion for the time required and the age group most suited.
Some of the activities are limited to certain age groups and themes. Others fit into a broad range of educational situations. Some we have made ourselves, others we have "borrowed" (with permission) from other webs sites and books. All of the excercises have been quality assured by trials in various Oslo schools, and workshops on the basis of other countries, such as Canada, Palestine, Egypt, Mexico, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Syria.
The activities are marked with the following colour code according to the age range they are suited to:
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Educationforpeace-dot-com was originally created on a request from teachers at a strategy meeting at the Friendship North/South school exchange programme. It has been developed with help and inspiration from the General Union of Palestinian Teachers, Save the Children Norway, Mediation Services Oslo, Klinsj, and Council of Europe trainers from Azerbaijan and Moldova.
The Norwegian Peace Council has now entered a partnership with Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) and Nansen Dialogue Center Serbia for a project on violence in schools.
Participation in Decision Making: Reducing violence among youth by improving the public policies for preventing and combating violence in schools at local level” is a PATRIR project, designed in collaboration with the Norwegian Peace Council from Norway and the Nansen Dialogue Centre from Serbia.Through this project, we aim to empower a multi-sectoral group of active citizens from Cluj-Napoca that, together with the project coordinators and foreign experts, will conduct a comprehensiv conflict analysis on the topic of violence in schools, in order to bring improvements to the existing policies that should address it. The multi-sectoral group will be guided to make use of public consultations and dialogue sessions, awareness raising campaigns, create inter-sectoral partnerships and based on an international comparative study on the addressed topic, formulate and put forward 2 policy proposals to the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and Cluj County School Inspectorate that will contribute to the preventing and combating of violence in Cluj-Napoca schools. More information related to the project here.
The Norwegian Peace Alliance can now offer workshops in Education for Peace for students at Teacher Training College,and for teachers. The title our workshop is:
”A holistic approach to education for peace?”
The object of the workshop is to give the students and teachers ideas about how they can educate their pupils to choose a peaceful way of life. We look at the attitudes, knowledge that need to be built up and the skills that must be trained. We look at a wide range of tools to achieve this, from the daily and weekly routines in the school through games and excercises, to communication and conflict management and cross thematic issues. We look at the United Nations Actionplan for a Culture for Peace, and relate it to the teacher's daily life. The workshop also gives tips on how to influence our pupils to become good global citizens by stimulating their interest in global problems such as the environment, fair distribution and disarmament.
Earlier themes: education in a crisis situation / the technique of philosphical conversations / The mass media and role models / New communication forms / Consumption and Life Style / Non violent resistence in theory and practice
Thank you for visiting our site. We hope that you enjoy the activities and find them as useful as we have.