PeaceJam clubs do not have to be formed in schools alone. Young people within youth club settings, faith-based groups, scout and guide troupes, and community organisations are encouraged to participate in our programmes. If you work with teenagers in or out of school and wish to implement the PeaceJam programme and curriculum, please contact us to get more information, materials and support.
Graham Golding is the Director of PeaceJam UK’s Curriculum Design, Training and School Support. Contact him on:firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07538-572168.
He is a highly experienced former teacher (he used to teach R.E.), with a degree in Peace Studies. He can talk to you over the phone or come and visit your school to take you through the educational materials that we have available.
Our educational materials are tailored for use in primary schools, middle schools (or Key Stage 3), and Key Stage 4. You can use those materials very flexibly, either in a particular area of the curriculum (e.g. R.E or Citizenship), in a lunchtime or after-school extra-curricular club, with students who are struggling, with Gifted and Talented students, in whole-school ‘drop down’ days (where the normal curriculum is suspended), with particular year groups….. The experience of schools and youth groups working with PeaceJam has shown us that the possibilities are endless!
If you look under ‘Education’ under the drop down menu, you will find samples of our curricular materials. Again, please contact Graham for the prices of the various packages we can offer you, that will include the materials you really need, training and year-round support, and subsidised places at the annual Youth Conference.
Teacher and youth leaders are crucial to PeaceJam in the following ways:
- Hold regular meetings and take young people through the activities and discussions in the PeaceJam curriculum. Over the course of a year, PeaceJam youth club members or school students will learn about a particular Nobel Peace Laureate, their life and work, and historical and cultural background.
- Help the young people develop a community project. Each PeaceJam group identifies a problem around conflict, tension, inequality or injustice that needs solving in their school or community and creates a voluntary ‘service’ project to address it. Adult advisors help the group develop this plan through brainstorming sessions. These projects will be presented and shared with the Nobel Laureate and other PeaceJam participants at the PeaceJam Conference.
- Help the young people attend an event such as PeaceJam Slam or the Youth Conference: Adult advisors are asked to make the group’s own travel and accommodation arrangements, find funding and secure necessary permissions well in advance of the conference.
And here is what teachers say about PeaceJam.
“Witnessing the enthusiasm, energy and passion of so many young people totally committed to tackling violence, oppression and abuse has, for me, been the highlight of my forty-year career as a teacher.” Past Headteacher who attended the 2015 Youth Conference with Nobel Laureate Jody Williams at the University of Winchester.
“We have the girls brimming with confidence; starting to engage with the community. These are the same three girls who said they wouldn’t go in separate [conference] groups! They did and have never looked back.” Teacher
The Mount School in York has decided to use the PeaceJam curricula through the school, and is also working partnership with other schools in the area.
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