USIP: Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators

The United States Institute of Peace, Global Peacebuilding Center has made toolkits to support educators as peacebuilders. It is easily downloaded and introduces key concepts of peacebuilding skills and themes to use as a resource in the classroom. Details of the resource can be found on USIP’s website and the Global Peacebuilding Center which is an extension of USIP’s educational work.

I think the peacebuilding toolkit is best placed for middle and high school students as it was designed, however elementary educators could also benefit from these lessons in the classroom. There are separate editions of the resource for middle and high school students. It can also be taught in Spanish, French, and Arabic. The toolkit is very beneficial for educators to learn more about international conflict management.

An educator may incorporate this resource collectively by downloading the entire toolkit or only use specific individual lessons for the students. It can be implemented in the lesson plan on a bi weekly or monthly basis. To strengthen the use of the resource, the educator can have different activities for practical skills in conflict management.

This peacebuilding toolkit for educators is an informative start to gain more knowledge on peacebuilding. Peace education of preventing violent conflict and how to be a peace builder are most supported by this resource because it gives educators a platform of how to teach peacebuilding skills. Students will gain many skills such as, mediation, negotiation, problem solving and conflict analysis.

All educators can benefit from this toolkit, particularly for students in middle and high school. Students should be encouraged to be a part of peacebuilding in their lives and globally. These skills and attitudes can be learned. The main audience for this resource will be teachers who want to bring important global issues to their classroom and encourage their students to be peace builders.

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