Global Learning Programme Wales

Peace, conflict and security

 Libyan Protesters Demand Security in Tripoli © UN Photos on flickrPeace and stability have a huge part to play in how well countries progress and develop. The costs and impact of conflict and war can last for generations.

This topic includes serious, potentially controversial  issues for pupils to grapple with such as war, nuclear weapons, disarmament and death. 

Recommended reading

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: Teaching about the crisis in Syria 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)

Teaching resources

Useful teaching resources about peace, conflict and security:

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

CAFOD: Peace and conflict (Primary Schools) and Peace and conflict (Secondary Schools) Resources from the Catholic aid agency

For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:

Key Stage 2      

Key Stage 3

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