Peace Education Policy Paper

Peace education supports young people’s education and development as local and global citizens in the context of the Curriculum for Wales. This paper explores:

  • what peace education is
  • the significance of peace education to the new curriculum, the current Programme of Government in Wales and the Well-being of Future Generations Act
  • how peace education makes a difference to your pupils, schools and communities
  • some good practice here in Wales

Peace Education Policy paper

Peace Education mapped to the curriculum


Wiser Wales

Wiser Wales was a three-year project, building on the work that WCIA had been doing since 2004 to develop the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach in classrooms across Wales.

P4C encourages children to think critically and creatively and also boosts their communication skills. It has been shown to have a profoundly positive impact on behaviour and self-esteem, as pupils are encouraged to air and explore their own views, as well as to listen to and respect those of their peers. In short, P4C helps children to become active, responsible, thinking citizens of the world as well as helping them to achieve their academic goals. The benefits are proven and potentially enormous. That’s why we chose to focus our work in this area!

Our Wiser Wales project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, aimed to raise teachers’ awareness of P4C and to enable them to use the method confidently with pupils of all ages and abilities. P4C can enhance the delivery of all subjects, so we worked with teachers across Wales to develop teaching resources for all Key Stages and various subject areas. By delivering training sessions and practical demonstrations in schools, we hoped to inspire teachers to begin using P4C regularly and effectively in their classrooms.

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The Value of the third sector in Wales

The Welsh Centre for International Affairs represents the International Sector on the Third Sector Partnership Council.

Our policy focus at the moment is:


  • A Values-based approach in the draft International Strategy for Wales
  • Global citizenship in the new Curriculum for Wales
  • The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, in particular, Globally Responsible Wales
  • The impact of Brexit on the international sector


If you would like to get involved in policy responses on these issues, please contact

We have a number of meetings for different parts of the sector, a Slack channel to discuss policy developments and we also work collaboratively on policy responses on Google Docs.

The main purpose of the Third Sector Partnership Council is to make sure that the principles set out in the Third Sector Scheme are put into practice. It also provides an opportunity for the sector to raise issues of interest or concern. It generally does not discuss issues that relate to only one area of interest (these can be taken up through biannual ministerial meetings) and as a national body it is concerned with issues affecting all of Wales.


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Wales Peace Institute publishes militarisation report

Wales Peace Institute publishes Militarisation Report


The Wales Peace Institute Initiative launched its first report, into ‘the ‘Extent of Military Presence and its Influence in Wales’, at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod. This is an important landmark for the Initiative, being the first example of the kind of quality factual research which a future peace institute will produce.

The report explores:

1. Bases, barracks and regiments in Wales
2. Armed forces personnel at 1st January 2015
3. Recruitment
4. Cadets
5. Schools, colleges and extracurricular activities
6. Military research, expenditure and industry in Wales

So what are the report’s main findings? The overall conclusion is that there has been a decrease in military presence in Wales since the publication of the ‘Khaki Dragon’ report by Cymdeithas y Cymod in 2006. However, 85% of the total area of Wales is designated as a Low Flying Area, and (in 2011 – 2012) 74% of Wales’ state secondary schools were visited by the army. 9% of soldiers in Wales are aged between 16 and 24, as compared to 5% for the UK as a whole.

However individuals and organisations feel about the information in this report, it presents a well-researched, clear, factual picture of the scale of military presence in contemporary Wales. A synopsis and a full version of the report are downloadable below.

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