International AFfairs in Schools

REACT Presentations

The Responding to Armed Conflict presentations focus mainly on general discussion on nuclear disarmament, the current political climate and state of warfare, Pacific nuclear testing, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, Israel/Palestine, the US gun control debate and the history of New Zealand’s peace and disarmament legislation.

In order to fit with the New Zealand school curriculum, the topics are flexible so if there other specific topics that are being taught in classes that a teacher would prefer us presenting on, (still within the scope of international armed conflict), we can shape our presentations around this as well. 

REACT presentation in your school

These presentations are completely free to schools. Our Youth Programme Coordinator, Tamkeen Saeid, would travel to the classes when booked, at a time that suits teachers and students.

Email: tamkeen@peacefoundation.org.nz to organise a topic and a time!

Youth Peace Week

Youth Peace Week is a fantastic weeklong event, aiming to open discussion in your school and internationally about ‘peace’ and to create a platform for new and creative ideas for ACTION towards a more peaceful world. Each year, the Peace Foundation provides a new theme for Youth Peace Week that is timely and relevant to the students participating both in New Zealand and around the world. As part of Youth Peace Week, The Peace Foundation provides a toolkit with information about the chosen topic and full of activity ideas for any school or organisation that would like to get involved.

Youth Peace Week is all about empowering people to create a safe world, based on justice and human rights. This week also commemorates Hiroshima Day on 6 August and Nagasaki Day on 9 August to educate people of the consequences of nuclear war and to campaign for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Interested?

Schools, individuals and organisations are able to register via the Peace Foundation website, to keep up to date on Youth Peace Week, receive the toolkit and have the Peace Foundation Youth Programmes Coordinator run a workshop tailored specifically for your school needs.

For more information contact: peaceweek@peacefoundation.org.nz!

Peace Ambassador programme

The purpose of this programme is to build a network of engaged and connected youth who are leaders in their communities.

We provide participants the resources to promote peace in their own networks as well as advancing their leadership skills. There is great flexibility in the kinds of events that the Peace Ambassadors can be a part of as the programme provides a platform for the ambassadors to lead each other and their communities in change they are passionate about.

The Peace Ambassadors are a youth wing of the Peace Foundation who meet on a regular basis to plan, organise and engage in community activities and events including the annual Youth Peace Week and Secondary Schools Peace Symposium.

The ambassadors give youth insight for the Peace Week theme, structure and promotion, and the information collated in the toolkit; they attend planning meetings with external organisations and also facilitate group discussions at the Peace Symposium.

Interested?

This programme is available to students at minimum 15 years old.

If you are interested, email the Youth Programme Coordinator, Tamkeen Saeid: tamkeen@peacefoundation.org.nz

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