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Preparing for Peace

The website of the Westmorland General Meeting 'Preparing for Peace' initiative    

The Education Programme

This Initiative has an education programme, involving teachers with both Primary and Secondary teaching experience; this group is translating our lecture series into material suitable for the needs of teachers, pupils, and applicable to targets prescribed in the UKís National Curriculum.  

This teachersí packs  provide innovative classes for teachers of Citizenship, History, Religious and General Studies. 

Teachers are directed to the materialís place in the National Curriculum and will find it designed to support their lesson-plans and aims; we hope it will expand the ideas and interest of young people, presenting them with new questions - relevant to their experience of world affairs in the twenty-first century.  Teachers in countries other than the UK will find the material useful and appropriate to their own systems.

Suitable for studies in Citizenship, History or Religion ‘The Anatomy of War’ uses two experiences of modern war, reduced to manageable form as study material for young people, especially in the 16 – 21 age group.

To test the effectiveness of the tool of war students will study two very different twentieth century wars:

Case Study 1: Vietnam, 1962-73, between the USA and North Vietnam, cost the lives of over fifty thousand American soldiers and some four million Vietnamese.

Case Study 2: Rwanda, 1994, a civil war in many ways more typical of modern warfare. It caused 500,000 to 800,000 deaths in only three months.

Chris Culpin, Director, Schools History Project: ‘This ready-to-use material will encourage active involvement by students, using group work and informed discussion to address key relevant issues and reach their own informed conclusions.’

The project posed a series of questions to experts on whether war works in today’s world. All the teaching schemes and the 25 papers from experts are downloadable (see below).

The Anatomy of War
(A study guide for young people)

SCHEMES OF WORK (published on site)

Scheme 1     Can war be successful in achieving its aims?
Scheme 2     The Economics of the Arms Trade
Scheme 3     Why are people willing to go to war?

SHORT PARTICIPATIVE LEARNING ACTIVITIES (published on site)

Activity 1     A vocabulary for peace and war
Activity 2     The arms trade: a "diamond nine" exercise
Activity 3     Ways to prevent war - Christian Peacemaker Teams
Activity 4     Ways to prevent war - Otpor (Serb for Resistance)

Publisher: Westmorland General Meeting ISBN 0-9550527-1-8  Cover price £5 (5 or more £2-50 each)   pb 31p

Available as a book in single copies and bulk orders from:
Sandra Rose Timson - Preparing for Peace, c/o The Quaker Tapestry at Kendal Ltd. Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH
Cheques payable to "Westmorland General Meeting"; Cover price £5 (5 or more £2-50 each) single price includes postage, for bulk orders add another £2-50.

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