Peace Education: from Classroom to Community

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Date(s) - 08/11/2023
9:45 am - 3:00 pm

The Senedd


Discuss sustainable and meaningful educational change with and for the next generation of peacemakers in Wales.


Kindly sponsored by MS Mabon ap Gwynfor


About this event

We want to create a community of peacemakers across Wales who will share knowledge, skills and values within their schools, youth networks and local communities.

At WCIA, we aim to lead with the future. What do we mean by this? Well, we actively work with the next generation to ensure future generations can thrive. One of the ways that we do this within our work, is exploring how the principles of peace can be integrated into education and community-building efforts that ultimately contribute to a more fair, peaceful and interconnected world.

What is Peace Education?

Peace education is a holistic non-formal educational approach to learning that aims to help individuals, communities, and students gain the knowledge, values, attitudes, and skills necessary to build and sustain a culture of peace. It goes beyond the absence of violence, emphasising active engagement in promoting social justice, conflict resolution, and understanding across diverse perspectives.

Peace education can encompass a wide range of topics, including human rights, non-violence, conflict prevention and resolution, global citizenship, and sustainable development. The underlying fundamental goal is to empower everyone, no matter their age, with the tools to address and transform conflict peacefully, promote empathy and inclusivity, and contribute to the creation of a more equitable and harmonious world.

The Context

Our annual conference this year is sponsored by Mabon ap Gwynfor MS and will have a youth-led approach to showcase how schools, community-based organisations and grassroots peace-builders promote peace at a local level. We will share success stories, strategies, and brainstorm ways to become involved in and develop peace education. This event is open to all ages and we encourage you to come along as part of our wider learning process and exchange of thought!



The Agenda

09:45 – 10:00 – Registration and Refreshments – Teas, Coffees and Take a Seat!

10:00 – 10:05 – Warm Welcome – Introduction to the Peace Education Conference, WCIA and Young Peace Ambassadors.

10:05 – 10:15 – From Classrooms to Communities - Our young peace ambassadors will present an overview of the day, why we’re gathered to talk about peace education and our theme for this year.

10:15 – 10:40 – Spotlight Speaker Panel - Speakers TBC - There will be time for a Q&A session where there is the opportunity to engage with inspiring leaders who are working within the peace education sector.

10:40 – 11:15 – Marketplace Plaza - The Marketplace will be a dynamic hub with activities and information for children, young people and educators. It will be an opportunity to connect and learn from communities of individuals and organisations dedicated to fostering peace and harmony in Wales.

11:15 – 12:15 – Skillshare Workshops – There will be a range of different workshops you can take part in during this hour, ranging from peer mediation to conflict resolution. Details TBC.

12:15 – 12:45 – Lunch – Lunch is included and will be served at the Senedd.

12:45 – 13:30 – Hands on Peace Exercise – Looking at what peace means to us at different ages, this will be a holistic look at peace education across all sectors and stages of life. Questions may include: What does peace look like for you? How do you like to learn? Why could peace education be important?

13:30 – 14:00 – Peace School Presentations and Certification - A brief introduction to the Peace Schools Scheme, presentations from current schools, pupils and teachers and certification for recognition of their respective achievements.

14:00 – 14:15 – Comfort Break - Short 15 minutes to grab a drink and have a chat.

14:15 – 14:50 – Art for Peace – Details TBD.

14:15 – 15:00 – Moving Forwards - Find out next steps and how you can be involved with peace education within your community. This is also an opportunity to join a collective network of peace-building efforts and create sustainable change for the next generation of peacemakers.

As part of this event, Academi Heddwch Cymru will also be presenting their latest research from a tender this year entitled: Wales – A Nation of Peace.

To join this event, please reserve your free ticket via the link.

This event is co-funded by Welsh Government and the Sally Davies Foundation.

About the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA)

At WCIA our mission is to cultivate a globally engaged Wales, where everyone contributes to a fairer and more peaceful world. We achieve this through three core programs: global learning, inspiring local and global action, and building international partnerships. Our work is rooted in Wales’ rich Peace Heritage and history of internationalist movements, with origins dating back to the aftermath of World War I. By empowering individuals and communities, we aim to foster a Wales that takes pride in its global connections and actively works towards a better world.

Learn more about our peace education work here, our wider global learning department here, or contact us with any questions.