Peace Education Youth Day – Secondary


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Workshop Session Plan
Key Learning Outcomes



The Peace Education Youth Day was a program developed by myself and three peace educators on the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program in Bangkok.  We delivered the program to secondary school students at the American School of Bangkok over the course of 1 day.  The students were multicultural and had volunteered to participate in the program.

Rotarians, UNESCO and school staff were impressed with the program and students commented that they had learned a great deal about peace. 

The workshop is experiential and integrates an understanding of peace through critical inquiry, brainstorming and activities enabling students to experience a range of dimensions of peace and conflict. 

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The workshop explores what is peace and investigates values, cooperation and perceptions and Mahatma Gandhi’s rationale for nonviolence.  Students are taken through statics on war and undertake activities to look into the competitive and oppositional pressures of winning and how that creates losers.  Nuclear issues are briefly touched on.    The young peole look at spending on non essential needs compared to essentials and discuss how money could be spent to benefit people.  The young people look into discrimination and undertake an activity to explore similarities and differences.  They finish the program with a role play looking at conflict and how it could be resolved.

Workshop Focus:
To understand a Culture of Peace, values, conflict sensitivity, happiness and wisdom.
Target Audience:
Secondary students
Half day to full day
Expected Outcomes:
Students will gain an appreciation that they can make a difference to World Peace.  The half day to full day workshop explores peace, cooperation, values, Gandhi, the dynamics and division of war, discrimination and division, conflict sensitivity, conflict resolution, ideas generation and wisdom.  There is a short session on clowning to remind young people that we are here to be happy.  The combination of these aspects of peace combine to help students understand the challenges of peace and how positivity can turn problems into challenges.  They learn that we are all responsible for World Peace.

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Workshop Session Plan

  1. Culture of Peace
  2. Cooperation Activity – Magic carpet
  3. What are values? Responsibility, Empathy, Awareness, Love (Gandhi)
  4. What is violence?
  5. Why are we at war?
  6. War statistics
  7. War chairs – dyamics of conflict
  8. Do you discriminate?  Conflict Sensitivity activity
  9. Investment choices in societal wellbeing
  10. Conflict Resolution drama and techniques
  11. Wisdom
  12. Are you happy? clowning around
  13. Peace Certificates Presentation 

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Key Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the values that underlie peace.
  • To learn through experience cooperation and working together for a common purpose.
  • To gain an understanding of the investment in violence, power dynamics and impact on World Peace of violence.
  • To become sensitive to discrimination and to discover similarities and differences.
  • To experience role plays and organising a conflict and its resolution.
  • To learn to see the fun side of life through clowning around and explore happiness.

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