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Don't miss the companion page to this main webpage for our 'peacemakers' project. At Biographies of Peacemakers, you will find lots more websites providing information about the work and accomplishments of a select group of 'Peacemakers.'
Easier - Peace is an absence or freedom from fighting, war, or dispute. It can also be a condition of calm, order, and good feelings among people. A peacemaker is one who helps to make peace or settle a dispute.
Harder - Peace is a state of calm and quiet; it is a period of time that is free of disturbance. In military and political terms, peace means freedom from wars and riots. Peace does not mean total harmony among people or the absence of disagreements. Even in peacetime, people take part in debates, lawsuits, sports contests, and election campaigns.
Beginning in the Twentieth Century, there have been attempts by groups of nations to assure lasting peace. These peace efforts have involved diplomacy, international organizations, arms control, collective security, and improvement of international communication and trade.
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
The Institute's mission is to promote and apply the principles of nonviolence locally, nationally, and globally, to prevent violence and resolve personal and public conflicts through research, education, and programming.
Sadako Peace Project from the World Peace Project for Children
This website promotes world peace by educating children about global matters and helping to build positive connections with children in other cultures.
Related Websites:
2) Cranes for Peace
3) PeaceJam
4) Sadako
Seeds of Peace
This is is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace.
Other Youth Peace Organizations:
2) Peace Corps Kids World
3) Peacemaker Corps developed by U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and supported by Simon Youth Foundation and Friends of the United Nations
Waging Peace from Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
This is a mega-site from an organization aimed at eliminating nuclear weapons and teaching peaceful conflict resolution.
Related Websites:
2) Nonviolent Peaceforce
After visiting several of the websites, continue your exploration by completing one or more of the following projects or activities:
Complete A Peacemaker WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at one of the following webQuest sites:
1) Cooperation and Conflict by B. Jones
2) Middle East Peace WebQuest (Grade 7)
3) Peace: Walk a Mile in His Shoes (Grades 6-8) by E. Lindquist
4) Peace and Understanding (Grades 9-12) by P. Hodges and E. Marion
5) Searching For Common Ground WebQuest - The Middle East Peace Process: Israel- Palestinians (Grades 8 and Above) by by M. Greenberg
6) Peace in the Middle East?
7) Quest for Peace and Diplomacy (Grades 6-12) by F. Sheikh
Create A Picture of Peace. Create a drawing that represents your vision for peace. Afterwards, visit the United Nations Exhibit: Pictures of Peace.
Fold A Paper Peace Crane. You can follow the directions and pictures that you find at How to Get the Paper Crane and Folding Paper Cranes.
Write A Poem About Peace. You can find lots of information about poetry and writing poetry at another eduScapes 42eXplore project: Poetry for Kids. Share your completed poem(s).
Complete A Peace Poster. Display a message of peace. Design and create a peace poster. Exhibit your finished poster sending out your own personal message for peace.
What Are the Characteristics of a Peacemaker? Examine several of the websites found at Biographies of Peacemakers. Also consider any other persons that you view as being a peacemaker. Identify their most important characteristics.
Identify Your 'Top-ten' Peacemakers. Many of the websites identify persons that someone has judged to be a peacemaker. You will probably find some people that for one reason or another, you do not personally agree. Therefore, you should identify your own top-ten peacemakers and explain why they deserve such a title.
What are the Strategies for Peacemaking? Identify the techniques that can be used to settle a dispute. Put together a multimedia presentation that explains each process and provide some examples of how they can be used in everyday life.
Debate World Peace. Consider, 'Is World Peace Possible?' What factors are involved? What needs to occur, and what must be changed? Do you think that it will ever happen?
Websites By Kids For Kids
Peacemakers of the World (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
This site is devoted to four historical peacemakers: Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Princess Diana Spencer, and Mother Teresa.
Related Websites:
2) A Wish For the World (2001 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
3) Peace (2001 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
Peace Process 2001 (1997 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
This site shows how lessons from the past affect today's peace efforts, and what we can do to make the future more peaceful. Included are biographies about notable peacemakers, a list of 'hot spots' of modern conflict, information about current peace organizations, and many drawings, essays, quotations, interviews, songs, and poems from today's and tomorrow's peacemakers.
Related Website:
2) Peace Process 2001-Rise to the Occasion (1996 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
More Websites for Peacemakers
Amnesty International
This is the website of the worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights' and other international standards.
Related Websites:
2) Amnesty International Canada
3) Amnesty International USA
Global Peace Service USA
Learn about a movement to create a professional peace service by promoting education and skills-training for men and women based on a philosophy of active nonviolence.
Hague Appeal for Peace
The agenda of this organization centers on four major strands of the Hague Appeal: (1) Root Causes of War/Culture of Peace, (2) International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law and Institutions, (3) Prevention, Resolution and Transformation of Violent Conflict, and (4) Disarmament and Human Security.
International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
The United Nations has declared 2001-10 the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for Children of the World. As part of the Decade, an Appeal for the Children of the World has been signed by all the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.
National Peace Corps
When John F. Kennedy became president in 1961, he issued a call to service to Americans with these words: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." He manifested this vision by establishing the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.
National Peace Corps Association
This is and organization of returned Peace Corps volunteers, staff, and friends who continue to work for world peace, understanding, and well-being.
Peacewomen from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
This site provides information and resources for and about women activists working for peace at the local, national, regional, sub-regional and international levels.
Related Website:
2) Women & Peace (Links Site)
Psychology for Peace Activists (Advanced level materials) by D. Adams
This online text (2nd edition) outlines the global movement to replace the culture of war with a culture of peace.
Related Websites:
2) Global Movement for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence from UNESCO
3) Myth That War Is Intrinsic to Human Nature Discourages Action for Peace by Young People by D. Adams and S. Bosch
4) Respond to Terrorism by Being a Peacemaker by S. Quick
United States Institute of Peace
This is the website of an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.
Quiet Peacemakers
Visit teachers from around the world who are working with conflict.
Related Website:
2) 1999 Global Youth Peace and Tolerance Awards
Websites For Teachers
Help For 'They Won't Let Me Play With Them!' by W. Kridler at Scholastic
While there's no magic cure for the persistent problems related to exclusion, there are ways to address them with your students.
Related Lesson Plans from Scholastic:
2) How to Teach Children About Living in a World With Violence
3) Solving Sharing Issues
International Peace Day from The Learning Network Inc.
Students use an online resource to learn about International Peace Day, celebrated in Hiroshima every August 6 to memorialize the children who died from the bombing of Hiroshima on 8/6/45 and to promote world peace. Then students write their own views about peace and participate in the spirit of the annual event by making paper cranes.
Another Lesson Plan from The Learning Network, Inc.:
2) What is a Peaceable Classroom?
International Peace Poster
This lesson examines individuals, communities and governments, who helped promote peace during difficult times. Students create a poster about what they will do to promote peace in our world.
One World Mural Writing Ideas (Grades 4-8)
The 'One World Mural' seeks to create an online treasury of images and words, created by children of all ages, that celebrates the themes of common humanity, unity, peace, justice and equality.
Related Lesson Plans:
2) Grades K-3
3) Grades 9-12
One World Mural Project Art Ideas:
4) Grades K-3
5) Grades 4-8
6) Grades 9-12
Peace Begins With You (Grades 2-5) by G. Brown, L.L. Reynolds, & L. Taylor from AskEric
Learners look at peace at home and compare it to peace throughout the world.
Peace Poem (Ages 3-adult) by R. Takemoto
Students write a poem inspired by their thoughts on peace.
Peace Talk by W. Day
Use this lesson to commemorate all those touched by the tragedy of 11 September 2001 and to share a vision for world peace.
Related Website:
Peace Talk
Peace Tools for Teachers
This page provides some great resources for teachers on the topic of peace.
Sadako and The Thousand Cranes (Grade 7) by D. Gaulin from SCORE
Students will read the story Sadako and the Thousand Cranes, and search for information about the development and use of nuclear energy and the atom bomb.
Related Lesson Plans:
2) Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr (Grade 4) by N.R. Knasiak
3) Sadako and the Thousand Cranes from Connecting Students
Rigoberta Menchú Tum
This site includes the curriculum plans from the PeaceJam with Rigoberta Menchú Tum, held in September 1996, at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
World At Peace (Grades 2-6) from PBS America Responds
This is the site of a multimedia creative writing assignment imagining a world at peace.
Peace Corps
inner peace
domestic violence
international unity
Seville Statement on Violence 1986
conscientious objector
problem solving
human rights
'reverence for life'
International Day of Peace
conflict resolution
Nobel Laureate
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 2/02.