10 ideas to Promote Peace in Your Classroom
In order to induce the world into peace, it is to start imparting people with peace education right from their early age. The saying goes that if you train people to follow the right path from their early childhood, they will never go astray from that, even when they grow old.
The ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, for example, started to talk about the value of peacekeeping as early as 4 years old. His public speaking skill has gradually developed. When he was 13, he gave other talks about peace in London and in Los Angeles. And nowadays, he is a renowned public figure of peace in the world. In India alone, his audience can reach thousands of people. Therefore, in order to establish a peaceful world, it is crucial to promote peace in the classroom.
Here are 10 practical ways to enhance peace among young students
1. Peacekeeping initiatives
Explain to the learners what peace is and roughly give an explanation on how to attain peace. Then, they think of possible ways to promote peace with their neighbors, their friends, and the newcomers. They take a few minutes to write the ideas on small cards from the teacher.
2. Writing dialogues about peace
This activity may be carried out after the Peace initiatives. Here students design role-play situations and write conversations based on their peacekeeping initiatives. For example, it is about how they make peace and renew their relationship with their friends or rivals.
3. Role-playing peace dialogues
Using the previously written dialogues, students act out in front of their fellow classmates. The dialogues should uniquely focus on making peace with their neighbor or friend. This activity is to teach students to make peace and avoid bullying their friends.
4. Problem solving
A difficult situation is given to students to analyze, in which both conflicting parties refuse to make peace with each other. They are to discuss and find practical ways to restore peace among the 2 rivals.
5. Writing peace resolutions
This mental changing activity plays an important role in establishing peace among the learners and within their family. However, they need to be followed up so that the objectives in the resolutions are met. Each student writes their peace resolutions on a blank flashcard. They add a peace symbol, which represents their resolution next to it. They display it on their table, facing their audience.
6. Giving a peace talk
In this activity, participants are to create a short talk of 1 to 2 minutes about their peace resolution. They prepare the talk while they practice using specific language functions for public speaking. The next day, each student gives a peace talk in front of their classmates.
7. Love – Tolerance - Forgiveness
This game consists of instilling three basic values in students' mind so as to promote peace, which consists of love, tolerance and forgiveness. Students write a 3-paragraph story, with a beginning, a climax and an ending. It focuses on initial love, relationship problems and conflict, and ends with tolerance and forgiveness. The idea is to show how these 3 points promote sustainable peace.
8. Writing a peace journal
Each student keeps a journal about their peaceful moments in their lives, with their family, relatives, friends, and other acquaintances.
9. Creative peace prose
Students form teams, with 4 or 5 students in each. They write a poem with words about peace and peace symbols they know. They add a melody to the words and create their peace song. They learn their song in groups.
10. Dancing the peace dance
Each year, during the Peace Day celebration, students perform their peace song with a new dance. Prizes may be awarded to the best performers and song writers after the event.
In brief, as Prem Rawat says, world peace is quite possible to achieve. Yet, it requires the effort from each individual to make it happen.