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