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Interactive Map

The following link to an interactive helps you find contact details of organisations that provide training on the concept of non-violence:

Map of non-violence resource sites in Britain

Resources for Teachers and pupils

Scottish CND education packs


The following resources were produced by the Scottish Centre for Non-Violence. This project has closed and the resources are provided here.

Training handouts

NV Characteristics

Myths and Misconceptions

NV Tactics and Goals

De-escalating Violence

Decisions and Concensus

Roles, Safety and Afinity Groups

I could do that if...

Training Programme

Introduction to Non-Violence Trainer's Notes & Agenda

Trainer's Consideration & Checklist

Personal Power and Non-Violence Training

Bumper Bonus Non-Violence Bibliography

Participants Agenda/Day Plan

Training Notes

Trainer's Notes


NV Continuum

Hassle Lines

Who Am I, Flower Exercise

Quick Decisions and Scenarios

Additional Information

Educational Resources

Peace through Education is one of the ways in which UNESCO identified a culture of peace could be promoted.

Higher Education Level

As yet there is no centre for Peace Studies in Scotland, however there are a handful of academic departments in Britain that offer courses in Peace and conflict studies, the most well known is the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University.

What is Peace Studies?

Peace Studies is a fairly broad discipline encompassing a number of themes including conflict resolution, international politics, arms control, environmental issues, development studies, human rights and ethical issues. It is widely believed in the field that military means is not in many cases, the best way to solve intra and inter-state conflicts. Research in this field continues in order to come up with and promote more peaceful methods of resolving disputes that do not have the same disastrous side effects of warfare.

If you would like more background information on Peace Studies, refer to the following texts:

A Study of War, Quincy Wright
Choose Peace, Johan Galtung
Conflict, resolution and prevention, John Burton and John Weir.
Making Peace, Adam Curle


Scotland does not have a statutory National Curriculum at present, and so details of the curriculum vary between individual schools and local authority areas. Curriculum guidelines are given at Executive level and these are available through Learning and Teaching Scotland's (LTS) Online Service. Citizenship, educating schoolchildren about their rights and responsibilities, forms part of the National Curriculum in England and guidance is available from LTS regarding teaching Citizenship in Scotland.

Peace Museums

Oban War and Peace Museum,


Display of wartime and peacetime photographs, uniforms and memorabilia, etc.; several other features of interest relating to Oban area and beyond; models of:- Sunderlands, Catalinas, Halifaxes and other Aircraft; Ships ; Tanks. Successful exhibition established by volunteers in 1995 to commemorate 50th Anniversaries of VE; VJ Days. Extended to show items relating to other periods of interest and to various services and activities.
Open daily except Sundays from 10.00-12.00hrs;14.00-16.00hrs;and during the holiday season;19.00-21.00hrs.
Free admission, open all year.Peace Camp Exhibition,

Glasgow Museum of Transport
1 Bunhouse Road
Glasgow G3 8DP
Phone: 0141 287 2720

Open all year

This exhibition includes a caravan used by peace activists at Faslane peace camp and a four-minute archive explaining why the camp was set up.

Nuclear Education

Come Clean: The WMD Awareness Programme is dedicated to providing trustworthy and up to date information on Weapons of Mass Destruction worldwide.

The N-Base Information Service has a 10,000 record database of newspaper articles and publishes weekly e-mail briefings on the UK nuclear industry, reprocessing and plutonium production at Sellafield and Dounreay, nuclear transports, waste, pollution and other environment and health issues. Books, dvds, etc on peace education

Conflict Resolution Network Publications about peace and games, activities and videos for use with children.

Living Values Books: The Living Values Activities curriculum is written for educators and others working with children who are concerned about an increasingly violent world and a lack of respect for others. Twelve values are explored: Peace, Respect, Cooperation, Freedom, Happiness, Honesty, Humility, Love, Responsibility, Simplicity, Tolerance, and Unity. Books are for ages 3 -7, 8- 14 and for young adults.
Living Values is an educational program in partnership with educators around the world. This programme is supported by UNESCO, sponsored by the Spanish Committee of UNICEF and the Brahma Kumaris and in consultation with the Education Cluster of UNICEF, New York. LVEP is part of the global movement for a culture of peace in the framework of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World.

Development Education Centre (South Yorkshire): Education for world change. Publications to buy online.Classroom Resources - downloads and packs

UNICEF: Provides a wide range of resources and activities that you can download and use with a minimum of preparation in the classroom. Nearly all activities have been tried and tested by teachers. All resources and activities are available for photocopying.

There is a separate PDF on Peace Activities.

Learn peace - a Peace Pledge Union Project: The value that underpins this site is the belief that non-violence is better than violence; that building a culture of peace should be a priority and a part of this process is both to question and to challenge our easy acquiescence in a culture of violence. This is an excellent web site full of information and ideas.

The Peace Pledge Union (PPU): UK sight with information on peace issues. Articles about aspects of conflict and peace, including people, history, environment, responsibility and action for peace are available for purchase in the 'Study and Teaching Resources' section.

Teach Kids Peace: There is a good 'Teach Peace' section that includes material/stories for under 12's and over 12's.

Peace Education: The "Resources" section has a few useful points on the how to go about talking with kids about non-violence in the right way and how not to scare them.

Children for Peace: An educational peace charity which aims to inspire and enable people to lead more peaceful lives by helping them understand the nature and causes of conflict. Has some useful ideas.

Conflict Resolution Information Source - Has loads of links and resources/articles for peace education.

The Peace Education Foundation (PEF) is a non-profit educational organization established in 1980. The PEF's mission is to educate children and adults in the dynamics of conflict and to promote peacemaking skills in homes, schools and communities throughout the world. They have a curriculum but you have to buy it… although samples can be seen online.

Amnesty International UK Teaching Resources: Resources for teachers centred around human rights and citizenship.

Oxfam teaching resources: Peace and conflict resources and activities for schools, includes lesson plans. Uses information relevant to Scottish curriculum as well as that of England and Wales. Excellent resource site.

United Nations Scholars Workstation: A collection of texts, finding aids, data sets, maps, and pointers to print and electronic information. Subject coverage includes disarmament and peacekeeping. Based at Yale University Library in the US.

The International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS) is a network of over 40 organisations and individuals involved in Development Education and Education for Global Citizenship across Scotland. Each centre has an extensive library of resources which explore global awareness, citizenship, justice and equality, human rights, the environment, sustainable development, gender awareness, race issues, aid, trade, debt, water, food, farming, peace and cooperation along with materials on many countries in the developing world. Materials include a wide selection of teaching packs, videos, games, CD-ROMs, magazines, posters, books and photographs and are designed to support the Scottish curriculum and on-going adult, youth and community work.

The Peace Museum, Bradford: Teacher's packs and workshop ideas. Free downloads.

The Woodcraft Folk is an educational movement for children and young people, which aims to develop self confidence and activity in society, with the aim of building a world based on equality, friendship, peace and co-operation. Free downloads.

United Nations Cyber Schoolbus - Peace Education, Curriculum and Theory, including lesson plans.

The Hague Appeal for Peace is an international network of individuals and organizations dedicated to sowing the seeds for the abolition of war through advocacy and training in peace education. Resources and tools

Below are details from a workshop at the Scotland's for Peace Forum which took place on 17th September 2005. A printer friendly version of the complete forum report can be downloaded.

Promoting Peace Education
David Mackenzie

Some Considerations

Education for peace is a learning process aimed at helping people develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that will make them able to contribute to a peaceful society.

There is much good work being done across Scotland on peer mediation, conflict resolution (at personal and local level), and mediation in general. There is also a national committee trying to get a Scottish Civilian Peace Service off the ground.

Endorsement of education for peace by a state which indulges in illegal wars, possesses and actively deploys weapons of mass destruction, is a leading global arms dealer, deports people to face torture in their homeland, and generally implies by its actions that conflict is best resolved by large scale murderous violence, may be seen as less than useful. We must be careful not to join the chorus which dumps all our ills on the young, their violent behaviour or lack of “respect,” while ignoring the appalling example set by the adult world. Should we as ordinary citizens support well-meaning initiatives to put peace on the formal agenda?

A critical problem is the inability of the mainstream education system to illustrate and support values in any coherent way.

A key factor is the way that educational life (like indeed all of our life) is experienced in apparently watertight and separate compartments, so there is a limit to flow and connected-ness.

Education for peace should not be a subject in schools, not a package which you can pick up and teach from. EFP is simply good education with the following components emphasised:

  1. Learning a proper disrespect for authority.
  2. Encouragement of and support for the natural tendency to question and make connections.
  3. Encouraging people to develop their critical skills.
  4. Giving people the opportunities to develop key skills in the area of conflict resolution and mediation.
  5. A learning experience that is open to the world outside school.
  6. Empowering people to take responsibility.
There is further information on Peace Education on our Additional Information - Educational Resources page.

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