‘The peace mural project was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils participating to express their feelings about war and conflict and their hopes for world peace’.
Siobhan Kevins, Teacher, Brecknock Primary.

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Possible peace-art topics

The Christmas Truce of 1914/5 – in no-man’s-land between the trenches of the First World War soldiers from opposing sides shook hands, played football and swapped food and jokes. What did they say? How did they feel? Why was it all over so quickly? What can we learn from this extraordinary event?

A world without weapons – a visiting alien could find it difficult to understand the obsession with weapons and killing each other on Earth. Imagine if all the effort put into weapons was poured into improving the environment and making life better for all the inhabitants of this small planet. What would the world look like? What would change?

War toys and games – with toy guns and knives, violent computer games and films, children are regularly exposed to violence and learn to accept it as a normal part of life. How can we help children understand the difference between play and reality? Which toys condone violence? Which promote sharing and conflict resolution?

Nuclear weapons - Sadako Sasaki was two years old when a United States bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. She died ten years later of radiation-induced leukaemia. In hospital, she began folding a thousand paper cranes - the white crane is the sacred bird of Japan, and 100 origami cranes traditionally mean the granting of a wish. What did she wish for? Did her wishes come true?

Nonviolence – Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Vera Brittain and many others have rejected violence in all situations, believing an eye for an eye makes everyone blind. How can we solve disputes without violence – in the playground, the community and the wider world? What lessons and ideas did these famous pacifists leave us?

Further information on the above topics, as well as many more, can be found on the PPU website.

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