Education for peace – first module completed at Manisa Sosyal Bilimler Lisesi (Turkey)

By the end of December 2017, at Manisa Sosyal Bilimler Lisesi we successfully completed five workshops from the first module of the Transversal Skills Project - Education for Peace. Within the project, there are 9 modules and each of them takes 2 months. Peace Education lasted from 1st November until 31st December 2017. The programme consisted of 5 workshops. Thanks to the passion of our colleagues and students, we could broaden the scope of our activities and include as many students as possible. Altogether 350 students were involved in different activities.

Workshop 1: Tolerance and Discrimination

The students watched videos, compared pictures and discussed situations where people were discriminated against depending on their differences. And in the end prepared a prejudice box where all school students were invited to share their prejudices.

Workshop 2: Peace in Nature

Together with 20 students and 3 teachers, we joined a trekking group and walked  along a 14- km trail in nature filling our lungs with oxygen and leaving  our urban worries behind.

Workshop 3: Heroes of War and Peace

Students were assigned to watch and present four films about heroes of four different conflicts: Ghandi, Luther King, My Name is Khan and Schindler's List.

Workshop 4: Peace in Community                         

Students invited a journalist and an author who do research on immigrants and they gave a lecture to students.

Workshop 5:  Peace Within Yourself / Anger Management

Students acted  some situations of anger and then discussed how they could have avoided unfavourable consequences together with relaxing exercises.

Skills Developed

  • Mother tongue and foreign language
  • Literacy
  • Civic
  • Digital
  • Initiative-taking
  • Team-building
  • Negotiating
  • Supervising
  • Public speaking
  • Presenting
  • Multitasking
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Meeting deadlines

We achieved these skills by assigning:

  • Pin board and digital presentations
  • Researches
  • Group work tasks
  • Acting tasks
  • Writing reports
  • Evaluation forms
  • Creation of polls
  • Organisation tasks

According to Workshop Evaluations;

  • The students feel motivated to join more activities like this
  • They report that they have improved the targeted skills
  • For 95% of the students, the activity and the topics discussed were their first experience of the kind
  • The hardest part of the activities was the planning and equal division of tasks among themselves.
  • The students are satisfied with the way the workshops were done.
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