Class action: Gill Alcock and John Babb report from the launch of Peace at the Heart

‘When young people are supported to relate empathically, they become less vulnerable to politics of hatred and exclusion.’

‘This investment in relationships enables children to flourish.’ | Photo: Students from Cyfarthfa High School working with BYM’s Peace Education team

Quakers have been pioneering and supporting peace education for many years. So the launch of a major report this month, Peace at the Heart, attracted national and international attention. Over 200 teachers, educationalists, policymakers, peace education practitioners, parents, students and Quakers joined the online launch. The ninety-minute session packed in a rich mix of contributions, giving glimpses of inspiring peace education practice in schools today. Together with the report’s analysis and findings, this demonstrated the potential of peace education to deliver better school experiences for teachers and learners alike, ‘including the fuller development of young people, a more effective learning environment in school, and emerging citizens who are more conscientiously involved in their society’.

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