Learning peace

Learning Peace is a peace education curriculum which was developed by NPD for Romanian public schools. It involves several different topics such as Peace and Violence, Non-Violent Action, Nonviolent Communication or (Cyber)bullying. By introducing non-formal educational methods the students can learn in an interactive way and creative environment which tries to adapt to the unique needs of them. In keeping with the motto “learning by doing” they gain diverse new experiences. The program aims at teaching the students not just about the presence of violence in their everyday lives and how it can be avoided, but also about conflicts and how to manage them. Moreover, it fosters their personal development and they can become multipliers for non-violent action.

The curriculum is divided into two parts and it was developed and implemented by two different peace educators within PATRIR. The first part is composed of seven obligatory modules and four elective ones, out of which the students can choose two. The second part, which builds upon the first one, consists of six different modules. Both parts of the curricula combined cover one full school year. The pilot phase ended in June 2017 and has been evaluated as successful, receiving positive feedback from both students and teachers.

Objectives

  • Teaching students about peace and spreading the concept of non-violence
  • Give students a possibility to learn in a creative way
  • Enable students to explore their own strengths and get to know new interests
  • Encourage students of critical thinking
  • Improve the communication skills of the students
  • Motivate students to become multipliers for peace and engage actively in campaigns and/or organize them

Participants & Target group

Students in the ages between 10 and 14 (5th to 8th grade) from Colegiul National George Cosbuc in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Activities

The curriculum is divided in two parts. Each module was designed to be taught in one school lesson (about 45 minutes).

Curriculum Part I (first semester)

The obligatory modules were:
  • Peace and Violence
  • What defines me?
  • What defines the other?
  • The Choice of Using Violence
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Working as a Team
  • A Look on the Whole World
The optional modules were:
  • Children’s Rights
  • No Bullying
  • Switch Off/No Hate Speech Online
  • Environment

Curriculum Part II (second semester)

  • Introduction and repetition
  • Conflict management or “How to react to a conflict?”
  • Non-violent Communication or “What did you say?”
  • Non-violent Communication- II or “How do I/you feel?”
  • Cyberbullying or “Think before you post!”
  • Diversity and tolerance or “What is normal?”

Expected results

  • Students will know and in the best case use nonviolent conflict transformation
  • Conflicts at the school will be addressed in a more constructive way
  • Students will engage in and organize campaigns for peace

Team

National Peace Department

  • Otilia Fogorasi-Hencz
  • Alexandra Craciun
  • Freya Tasch
  • Konstantin Zagel

No Hate Speech Movement

  • Dr. Irina Drexler

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