One of the longer-term aims of the Wales for Peace project is to create a ‘Peace Schools Scheme’ for Wales. The exact nature of this scheme will be explored and developed as the project’s activities are delivered, but elements of a ‘peace school’ may include:
- exploring and sharing Wales’ peace heritage through piloting curriculum materials linked to the stories of individuals and groups who have promoted peace in Wales, or through critically examining the impact of war on communities;
- participating in other project activities, such as our annual Schools Conference or Peace Heroes Competition;
- involving learners in producing and signing up to a whole-school statement reflecting a commitment to peace;
- creating a warm and welcoming community built on listening, understanding and respect;
- developing the skills and attitudes necessary for critical thinking and respectful discussion through initiatives such as Philosophy for Children;
- developing whole-school practices which promote respectful and harmonious communities, such as peer support and mediation.
Piloting Whole-school Approaches: What does being a Peace School mean to you? Perhaps your school is already involved in initiatives which help you to be a peaceful school. We would like to build on current initiatives to create a Peace Schools Scheme that is distinctively Welsh and which supports schools in developing successful learning communities where students are able to develop as effective global citizens with an enquiring attitude towards past and present events.
Developing and Piloting new materials: Help us to develop and pilot new materials, including those related to the Welsh Baccalaureate. We would like to develop locally relevant learning materials from all around Wales, for example, there may be a local peacemaker your students would like to develop stories and materials about.
Researching and Sharing ‘Hidden Histories’: Are there stories about people or places in your area which you would like to uncover and share? The Wales for Peace team can support your students in gaining the skills they need to research hidden histories and share them creatively with others – e.g. through creative writing, digital story-telling, art or music.
Peace Schools Network: We will be developing a Peace Schools Network in Wales. This will enable us to keep in touch with one another and share news of developments, events and materials.
To get a better idea of what we mean by peace heritage, peace heroes and peace schools, you may like to look at ‘Peace People who Changed the World‘, a Key Stage 4 resource produced by Pax Christi which explores the idea of peacemakers through ten short biographical stories with accompanying worksheets. Some schools in Wales are already members of peace schools schemes, and we hope to listen to and build on their experiences in order to create a scheme which is distinctively Welsh.
Would you like to be part of this journey? If so, contact the Wales for Peace Learning Coordinator at email@example.com.