Education has always been important to the Peace Pledge Union (PPU). We believe that young people should hear a range of views and perspectives about issues of war and peace, allowing them to form their own views as they grow up. Building a culture of peace is a priority for PPU and a part of this process is both to question and to challenge a culture of violence.
Below you will find a range of educational resources organised according to educational stage. We can provide speakers and workshops, colleges and other groups. We also have an Education Network page on Facebook for sharing ideas and resources. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please do get in touch, we may be able to help. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7424 9444.
You might also be interested in our work on remembrance in schools - several schools now make our white poppies available alongside red poppies. We have also recently updated our Remembrance Education Pack for Schools - you can order a box of white poppies for schools or a free 'taster pack' here.
Pigeons for Peace! A factsheet and activity for younger children. Cut out a paper pigeon to put in your window with a message for peace.
Our resources for primary schools focus on concept knowledge and cooperative games. Here we look at beginning to articulate feelings and ideas, and how individual actions and interpersonal relationships contribute to community.
- A Tale of Two Poppies gives more information on the red and white poppies
- Activities linked to the book 'Imagine'
- Activities linked to the book 'I am Human'
- Activities linked to the book 'One Love'
- Cooperative Games *NB this has been updated to include activities that require no direct physical contact*
See also: Parachute Games book (available through our shop).
At secondary level our we move towards developing critical thinking skills and encouraging students to explore their perceptions and ideas further. Negotiation and problem-solving skills become more important as relationships become more complex and become more commonplace. Themes around human rights, justice and perception are explored.
- 'VJ Day' and the end of World War Two
- Opposition to Conscription
- Understanding Conflict - Understanding Peace explains more about how conflict occurs and suggests strategies for peace
- Genocide Introduction
- Talking about Genocide
- Armenia 1915
- Bosnia 1995
- Cambodia 1975
- Guatemala 1982
- Namibia 1904
- Rwanda 1994
- Ukraine 1932
- The Holocaust
- Holocaust Survivor Stories
- Genocide Case Histories
Most resources at this level are provided for the purpose of self-led learning. They can be used as a starting point for reflection as well as further study and exploration.
The The Men Who Said No website tells the stories of the Conscientious Objectors of the First World War. As well as its use as a general interest website, and by people researching local and family history, it provides a chance for schools to explore the history of Conscientious Objectors in their local area.
See also: Refusing to Kill book (available through our shop).
Parents/ Carers/ Educators:
In this section you can find further information for adults to support your teaching and conversations with children and young people. As part of this process you may find it helpful to reflect on your own experience of learning and any socialised/ cultural ideas that you may hold. Active reflection and openness to discussion are helpful tools to support critical thinking skills in young people.
- Advice for talking to children can be found in Starting Early
- Create your own stories about conflict and resolution with Six-Step Storytelling
You can read more on our campaigning pages about our challenges to militarism in schools.
Further resources are available on the Peace Education Network website which includes the PPU as well as several other groups promoting education for peace.
Peace Research and Education Trust: Our educational work, extensive library and archive are funded by the Peace Research and Education Trust (PRET). PRET supports peace research, believing that to build peace without the use of violence, all need to understand the conditions for its growth and to develop the skills to overcome obstacles to peace. You can find out more, including how to contribute to PRET, at their website.