'Conscience' and 'Conviction' – World War I learning resources
Teaching about World War I should be about more than reciting poems about muddy battlefields. 'Conscience' and 'Conviction' have been created to highlight a selection of moral paths taken as a result of the war. Both provide opportunities to reflect on the steps we need to take for a world without war. These materials are based on the work of Don Rowe, teacher, writer and co-founder of the Citizenship Foundation.
Learners pursue a critical thinking project, considering how people responded to the questions they faced and exploring their own reactions.
- 'Conscience' Primary School WWI Resource (PDF) or order a hard copy
- 'Conviction' Secondary School WWI Resource (PDF) or order a hard copy
- Women in WWI (PDF) lesson produced for the centenary of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
As part of Quakers' work challenging militarism, this poster designed by Abbey Thornton is a great way to spark off conversation about the roots of war and the kind of society we need to build peace. Suitable for use with children or adults.
- Download the poster
- Download the poster in Welsh (Cymraeg)
- Interactive version (click to explore)
- Using the poster - learning and discussion activities
- Order printed copies in Welsh or English (A2) from the Quaker Centre
Eyewitness in the classroom – Palestine and Israel
This lesson plan is a good primer for secondary schools on Palestine and Israel today. It's also a chance to invite a human rights observer to your classroom. The lesson sets up a detailed conversation on human rights and how to respond to conflict. The materials provided support English, Religious Education, Geography and Citizenship learning.
Observers from Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) are ready to visit your school to share their eyewitness stories. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
Peace Week Pack
Order now! The Peace Week pack contains everything primary and secondary schools need to hold an off-timetable whole-school project week around peace and human rights.
To end all wars: An introduction to Remembrance and the Centenary of WWI
Part of the INSPIRE project, this introduction can be used as an assembly or at the beginning of a poppy-making workshop.
- to explore the history of war from World War I to the present day
- to inspire action to prevent war and build peace
- to make a poppy as a symbol of Remembrance for peace
What is security?
As part of the Rethinking Security project we've teamed up with Forces Watch to create these trial lesson resources for secondary schools.
Often, 'security' is framed as a defence concern, as with terrorist threats, but there are many other security concerns we all face at an individual, local, national and global level. Young people will be all-too-conscious of things that make them feel insecure at various levels, and can engage in thinking about their own role in shaping a more secure world.
We'd love your comments on these before we share them more widely. Please email us if you use them email@example.com.
Budget for a Safer World Lesson
Inspired by the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) on 18 April 2016, this lesson explores four different ways the world could be made safer and gives learners the chance to vote on the best way. Suitable for secondary school age students.
- Budget for a Safer World- Lesson Plan (PDF)
- Budget for a Safer World- Lesson Presentation (pptx)
- Budget for a Safer World - Assembly Plan (PDF)
- Budget for a Safer World - Assembly Presentation (pptx)
- Budget for a Safer World - accompanying spreadsheet (xlsx)
This lesson links to an online poll young people can participate in, available on the GDAMS website.
- Remembering for peace (PDF)
- Slideshow: Remembering for peace (pptx)
- Nonviolence in action: Mama Zepreta's house (PDF)
- Slideshow: Nonviolence in action (pptx)
- We all live under the same blue sky (PDF)
- Slideshow: We all live under the same blue sky (pptx)
- What is peace? (PDF)
- Slideshow: What is peace? (ppt)
- Think before you act: the legend of Beddgelert (PDF)
- Conflict resolution: A tale of two mules (PDF)
- Mule Mask (pdf – prints best on A3)
- The Christmas Truce (PDF)
- The importance of disobedience (PDF)
- Barriers to peace (PDF)
- Slideshow: Barriers to peace (ppt)
- Sadako and the thousand cranes (PDF)
- Foreward (by Don Rowe) (PDF)
- Introduction – Creating a more peaceful school - Next Steps (PDF)
- Peace calendar (PDF)
- Prayers and reflections about peace (PDF)
Y mae 'Teach Peace' yn cael ei gyfieithu i'r Gymraeg ar hyn o bryd. Y mae'r gwasanaeth 'Remembering for Peace' eisoes ar gael yn y Gymraeg. Gellir ei lawrlwytho isod:
Elizabeth Fry: The Angel of Prisons was an assembly in the original Teach Peace Pack (2012). The script is available here: Elizabeth Fry: The Angel of Prisons (PDF)
Fly Kites Not Drones
Fly Kites Not Drones brings together a range of learning materials about peace and human rights. It also offers guidance for making and flying your own kite for peace. The learning resource was made in Britain, but the inspiration comes from Afghanistan, a country that has known over three decades of constant war including armed drone strikes.
Advice for Quakers engaging with schools
This resource helps Quakers to contribute to Religious Education learning, either via talks in schools or visits to Meeting Houses.
Resources from partner organisations
A-Level Religious Studies
Pax Christi and Quakers in Britain teamed up to produce resources for the teaching of war and peace as part of the A-Level religious studies curriculum. Lessons examine the Christian contribution to issues of war and peace. And a lesson explore the different concepts of pacifism and the practicality of them. http://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-education/a-level-re/
Resources collated to help explore peace in schools as part of the INSPIRE project, marking the centenary of the end of World War I.
Youth Refusing Violence from St. Ethelburga's
This resource is designed to help a group leader design a workshop/series of workshops for young people. It aims to:
- offer young people insight into the nature of conflict and violence
- help young people relate to and draw from the wisdom that is found in their own and other faiths, which may help them refuse the use of violence as an automatic response to conflict
- equip young people with realistic alternative methods of dealing with conflict.