This topic includes serious, potentially controversial issues for pupils to grapple with such as war, nuclear weapons, disarmament and death.
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)
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
For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
We welcome your suggestions for useful articles and teaching resources on the topic of Peace, conflict and security. Please email them to GLPWales@educationdevelopmenttrust.com.