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Module 1: An Understanding of Peace
Explore the factors influencing a country’s peacefulness and why peace is more than simply the absence of war
This module explores students’ understanding of peace and what we objectively know about global peace. The activities challenge students to think about what peace really means and explore the factors that influence the peacefulness of a society.
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At the completion of this module the students will be able to:
- Define peace as more than the absence of violence
- Appreciate the role of the media in influencing our perceptions of peace
- Recognize the differing levels of peace in the world and the factors that impact on it
- Use the Global Peace Index to examine issues of peace within and between countries
- Articulate ways to overcome the cycle of violence and promote peace
- Work collaboratively, share opinions and respect others.
|Activities||Class Time||Curriculum areas|
|Activity 1: What do you understand peace to be?||2x 45 minutes||Media, Social Studies|
|Activity 2: Personal peace||1.5x 45 minutes||Media, Social Studies, Mathematics|
|Activity 3: Determining the peacefulness of a school||1.5x 45 minutes||Social Studies|
|Activity 4: The Global Peace Index||45 minutes||Media, Social Studies|
|Activity 5: The cycle of peace||45 minutes||Social Studies|
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The Building Blocks of Peace
Module 3: Education and Peace
Investigate the important role education plays in supporting a country's peacefulness.
Module 4: Peace and Economics
Examine the benefits of peace to business and the economy through an exploration of tourism and retail industries.
Resources for students & teachers
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Glossary: a useful guide of terms used in the Building Blocks of Peace
Map: a map of the world according to states of peacefulness
Videos: clips from the award-winning documentary, "Soldiers of Peace".
Links: external links to relevant peace and education websites
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