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Power, participation and peace

Global Goal 16: peace, justice and strong institutions, has wide reaching targets to end violence in the world be it war, crime, terrorism or corruption. At its heart is the recognition that we need effective, accountable and inclusive institutions in order to achieve this goal. Yet this rhetoric can seem at odds with the reality of life under siege in Aleppo or the squalor of the Calais ‘jungle’.

How can we acknowledge and critically examine these issues in the classroom? Our feature Peace and justice: the world in your classroom begins the discussion.

While Goal 16 calls for inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels, it stops short of stating that the views of young people should be heard within this process. Here in Scotland, with a growing Rights based agenda, we like to think we provide a voice for young people to be heard. But to what extent is this happening? Our article on Pupil Power addresses this question.

What are your views on these issues? How have you tackled controversial issues of war and conflict in the classroom? What have you found to be effective strategies for increasing pupil participation? Share your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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"Recognising the dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace” Universal Declaration of Human Rights


  • Pupil power
    Pupil power Pupils are often given forums to speak but are they always being heard? Kim McCauley, Global Education Advisor with Wosdec, reviews the shifting landscape of…
  • Global citizenship and film
    Global citizenship and film A good film can provoke a response in an audience to act on injustice in the world. Kate Allen, Global Education Advisor adviser at Scotdec,…

for the classroom

  • What’s the best way to stop a conflict?
    What’s the best way to stop a conflict?

    This activity provides a forum for children to discuss ways of dealing with conflict which might occur in the playground or classroom.

  • The right to participate
    The right to participate

    A discussion based activity which considers the right to participate and why young people and children are often not consulted in the decision making process. This activity is aimed at pupils 14+.

  • The importance of Goal 16
    The importance of Goal 16

    This activity explores what it could mean for communities and countries around the world if the targets for Goal 16 are met or not met. This activity is for pupils 14+.

  • Snapshots

    How are images used and manipulated in the media to tell a particular story? This activity encourages pupils to critically interrogate images of world events.


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Autumn/Winter 2016-17

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