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Learning for Peace

Posted on | March 29, 2016 | No Comments

A couple of weeks ago I ventured briefly into the Education Show at the NEC. Well, it’s on my doorstep and although it’s not really my cup of tea I did meet up with one of my bestest friends and we had and excellent lunch together.

Shimmying quickly past the many purveyors of IT related products, playground equipment and assessment materials, I managed to avoid eye contact with most.

To my surprise and curiosity, towards the back of the hall, was a small stall devoted to the West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project. Here was something different, at last.

Something stirred at the back of my mind….Jacqui O’Hanlon, my co-author of  Using Drama to Teach Personal, Social and Emotional Skills had worked with them. We had acknowledged that some of our materials had originally come from their project and we had received kind permission to include them.

They have a lovely new book out -Learning for Peace - and I bought a copy instantly. So many resources, so many techniques within this slimline book – all to deliver the message of peace-building to children. Very much worth having a look at.

Eagerly I turned the section ‘Approaches and Techniques: Drama’. The page begins with a thoughtful section on whether a circle is the right arena for all children to show their drama. This was something I had not thought of so was pleased to learn. ‘A circle is not always a safe space for everyone – safety and trust need to be built on week by week’ the author tells us.

Then came descriptions of some of the trusty drama techniques: freeze frame, thought tracking, hot seating, role play and forum theatre, role on the wall and conscience alley. Nicely described and a reminder of a greater range of possible tools.

Thank you to the Quaker Project and perhaps I will see some of your representatives again soon.

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