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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 18, Number 6, April 2006

Working toward a peaceful tomorrow

by Erica Miyuki Moizumi

I was born and raised in British Columbia and I have taken certain rights and privileges associated with being a Canadian citizen for granted. Not only does this include access to adequate housing, food, and clothing, but moreover, the right to live in a peaceful and safe environment. This is not the case for every country and its inhabitants. Even now, political strife, territorial disputes, and racial tensions continue to be "resolved" through armed confrontations. Yet as educators we have the opportunity to raise awareness and seek alternative solutions so that one day every individual can live in a peaceful and just world.

The International Peace Education Conference will be held June 25–27 as part of the World Peace Forum. In preparation for this event, May was declared "Peace Month" by the BCTF Representative Assembly. Therefore, we are encouraging teachers to develop lesson plans that focus on peace education. Here is a compilation of web sites with resource materials and books, which address such issues as human rights, war, disarmament, and global citizenship. Together, we can be the change we want to see in our future generation.

Free teaching material

• BCTF: bctf.ca/Social/GlobalEd/GlobalClassroom/
Complete unit activities suitable for elementary to secondary students.

• Cultivating Peace: www.cultivatingpeace.ca/main.html
Extensive listing of lesson plans on diversity, human rights, conflict resolution.

• CIDA: www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/teacherzone
Taking a look at international development, democracy, good governance.

• War Child: www.warchild.ca/studentscentre_lessonplans.asp
Topics include child soldiers, conflict in Afghanistan, international justice.

• United Nations-Canada: www.unac.org/learn/
Great activities in A World Without Weapons and Cyber School Bus (found under What Kind of World).

• Red Cross: www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=002627&tid=015
Exercises addressing landmine awareness, facing fear, children and war.

• Global Citizens for Change: www.citizens4change.org/global/global_education_home.htm
Simple activities on cultural dialogue, rights & needs, peace & justice.

Teaching materials available through BCTF Lesson Aids

CoDev: www.codev.org/codev/educationalmaterial.cfm
Looking at global issues such as nature of war and human conflict, community development.

• Victoria International Development Education Association: www.videa.ca/index.php?pageid=1
Teacher resource package on peace and conflict.

• Rethinking Schools Online www.rethinkingschools.org/publication/rg/rgresour.shtml
Listing of books, songs, and videos on global conscience/justice.

Erica Miyuki Moizumi is a volunteer with the World Peace Forum.

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