Quakers work to end war and violence at the roots and build a more peaceful world. That needs education to build positive relationships at all levels.
Quakers challenge war and violence. We promote education rooted in positive peace and justice. We work with educators, young people and partners to develop and share creative peace education resources and practice.
I feel peace education is about teaching children to discover that they have the power to change things they see are wrong and developing the imagination to find alternative responses to conflict.- Janet Galbraith, Quaker Faith and Practice 23.85
[QUOTE-END] – Janet Galbraith, Quaker Faith and Practice 23.85The Sustainable Development Goals commit the UK to providing education to “promote a culture of peace and nonviolence" by 2030. Quakers in Britain are working to make that a reality.
the way in which young people learn to respond to conflict will have a pervasive effect both on the quality of their personal lives and on the prospects for society as a whole- Tom Leimdorfer and Sue Bowers, Quaker Faith & Practice 24:54
[QUOTE-END]Quakers work with educators, learners and partners to help make peace education available to all. We make the case for peace education both in schools and at government level.
About peace education
We believe schools can do more than “keep the peace": everyone can to be peacemakers, transforming conflict, and peacebuilders, nonviolently confronting injustice. In fact, preparation for life in the spirit of understanding and peace is a right guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child promises education for 'the spirit of understanding, peace, tolerance, equality of sexes, and friendship among all peoples'. Quakers are working to make that right a reality.
Peace education builds positive relationships at different levels:
- discovering the wonder and beauty within ourselves, nurturing inner peace.
- developing the skills and attitudes needed to respond to conflict creatively and build relationships, encouraging interpersonal peace and intergroup peace.
- examining the root causes of violence and war and exploring how to build peace world-wide.
- Understanding and valuing our relationship with the environment, building peace with the planet
Quakers thinking about activities for their Meeting can also contact our colleagues in the
Children and Young People's team.
Building back better in schools
Peace educators around Britain have helped develop the RESTORE framework to help schools emerging from the pandemic crisis. RESTORE is a lens through which staff, children and parents can look at the strategy and plans that are needed for everyone's wellbeing in a fast-changing environment and for a safe and healthy return to school.
Peace education resources
he Peace Education team and our partners produce a range materials for use in schools and beyond. They can help pupils tackle matters of conscience in the classroom such as armed drones and nonviolence and develop skills to transform conflict.
Order print materials from the
Quaker Centre Bookshop.
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Training educators for peace
Quakers have been at the forefront of developing peace education in Britain. For educators in both formal or informal settings, we offer training that can build your skills and confidence. Contact Ellis Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Book now onto 'Introduction to Peace Education' (offsite link) our popular six-week online course exploring the theory and practice of peace education in partnership with Woodbrooke.
Peace education partnerships
by 2030 ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development... human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity...- Sustainable Development Goal 4.7
We work to help deliver Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 in Britain, partnering with the Our Shared World Campaign in England, IDEAS in Scotland and the Peace and Peace Education Group of Quakers in Wales.
Peace Education Network (offsite link) is a UK network that brings together people and organisations committed to education for peace.
Peer Mediation is conflict resolution for young people by young people. The
Peer Mediation Network (offsite link) brings together conflict resolution practitioners and educators committed to promoting peer mediation in schools and the wider community.
The Peaceful Schools Movement is committed to developing more peaceful schools. Peaceful School Awards recognise the success of schools around England which have taken strides in different aspects of peace education. Visit the
Peaceful Schools website (offsite link).