Schools Projects

Skills-focused Projects for Schools

Wales for Peace have been working with pilot 'Peace Schools' across Wales to develop interactive, fun and exciting skills-focused projects for students - using creative arts, writing, digital storytelling and citizen journalism to produce materials for public consumption. Here is an introduction to some of these pilot initiatives, from which we will be developing toolkits enabling schools to replicate their own student-led projects locally.
Welsh Baccalaureate       Digital Stories      Arts & Creative Projects      Organising a Peace Conference       Holding Peace Heroes Awards      Surveying Youth Views on Peace Today

Exploring Hidden Histories - Welsh Baccalaureate, Ysgol Cwm Rhymni

This exciting new initiative aims to complement schools’ Welsh Baccalaureate studies on global citizenship. A partnership between Cardiff University's School of English, Communication and Philosophy with WCIA's Wales for Peace Project, sixth-form students participate in a day of activities designed to help them learn more about the topics of war and peace for the ‘global citizen’ element of their qualification.
Pupils from Ysgol Gyfyn Cwm Rhymni took part in the first pilot session which saw them discover the stories of conscientious objectors and others in Wales during the First World War, re-enacting the tribunals such individuals faced and explore solutions to modern day conflicts. WCIA

Read more: "War, Peace and the Welsh Baccalaureate"

Visit WJEC Welsh Baccalaureate Project Resources (Wales for Peace brief under 'individual project proposals)

Digital Storytelling Projects - Llandrillo College & GISDA

WCIA's learning team alongside 14-18NOW supported pupils from Llandrillo College, Colwyn Bay and GISDA, Caernarfon, to learn digital production, interviewing and film making skills to produce a range of short films responding to the Poppies: Weeping Window Tour at Caernarfon Castle - using journalistic, poetic and audience participation approaches. Wales for Peace can support schools to develop similar digital storytelling projects exploring aspects of peace heritage from across Wales.
 

Arts-based and Creative Projects - Criccieth, Wrexham and Cardiff

WCIA, working with partners, are supporting schools to use the creative arts to explore issues around war and peace.
  • In preparation for our 2017 Peace Schools conference in Cardiff Bay, WCIA and Ffotogallery have been working together on creative film workshops with Cardiff Schools.
  • Alongside the 2016 Gwynedd Poppies programme, Wales for Peace supported Literature Wales / Ty Newydd and Yr Ysgwrn to develop creative writing and poetry workshops with schools in Criccieth, North Wales - 'young people's writing squads' - around themes of war and peace.
  • As part of WCIA's 2015 Peace Schools conference in Wrexham, pupils from Ysgol Maelor School developed sculptural installations using coal, slate and paper to express reactions to war and hopes for peace (see clip below).
  • As part of WCIA's 2014 Peace Schools conference in Cardiff Bay, pupils from Whitchurch High School and others developed a 'Peace Mural' with artist Laura Sorvala charting 100 years of peace building (click on image below).
 

Organising a 'Peace Conference' - Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, Caernarfon

WCIA's 2017 Peace Schools conference at Galeri in Caernarfon was organised by 80 pupils from Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate challenge, working with other schools from the North Wales Coast to Cardiff. Sessions ranged from peace heritage presentations using QR codes for interactive peer learning, to rap music, artistic sculpting, learning to be a tour guide and then delivering Peace Trail Tours with their peers. WCIA can support 'school clusters' to organise similar shared learning events as part of a Welsh Baccalaureate challenge.

Holding a 'Peace Heroes' Awards

Coleg Llandrillo students interview winners at the Wales for Peace 2016 Peace Heroes awards. Click here to find out more about and enter the 2017 'Young Peacemakers Awards'.
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Surveying Youth Views on Peace Today - Bridgend

As part of Wales for Peace from 2014-18, WCIA is gathering 'living heritage' of young people's views on current affairs and issues of today - 'Peace Now and Future Generations'. Our tools and workshops aim to equip young people with surveying / canvassing and interview skills, and the means to communicate these through different media and social media. View some examples from the 2017 Urdd Eisteddfod in Bridgend:
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