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Unite Ambassadors Training Session 3 Plan – Peace and Cohesion

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Create personalised definitions of both peace and cohesion
  • Explore how these ideas apply to both individuals and their communities.
10Peace Game
Introducing the theme, how it applies to them individually and in their communities
Write the word ‘peace’ on the ground outside with chalk with space around it.
'What words come to your mind when I say this word ‘Peace’?'
Quickly each young person writes a word associated with ‘Peace’. No repeaters.
Summarise the words written and discuss why they thought of these words.
Floor space
15What is peace?
Introducing definitions

This activity will give young people a chance to think about different definitions; is one more important than others?
Ask young people to choose which of these definitions of peace they think is most accurate or that they most identify with:
1) “freedom from trouble or worry”
2) “freedom from disturbance; tranquility”
3) “a feeling of mental or emotional calm”
4) “a time when there is no war or a war has ended”
5) “peace is when conflict is able to be resolved without violence and improves the quality of life”

Carry out the Annex 1a Activity. Give the phrases to pairs of young people and get them to rank the definitions in order of importance. To all of the pairs have any agreement?
Annex 1a Activity
Prepared definitions printed on A4 paper
10Visual PeaceHighlight to young people the different words used to describe the peaceful vs non-peaceful situations and ask the question - Why you think the non-peaceful or situations involving conflict happen?
Share the pictures with young people and ask them to write down 1-3 words that they think describe each picture. Discuss with a partner how each picture makes them feel and then share their ideas with the group.
Annex 2
Selection of photographs that demonstrate pictures of peaceful and non-peaceful situations e.g. prayer, friends, people shouting or being aggressive, a large peaceful rally, tanks, a protest with police. Images need to be chosen sensitively.
15How would students describe peace?An opportunity to reflect on what peace means for young people themselves.

Use the following prompt questions to help students develop their ideas:
• Can peace mean different things for different people? Why might this be?
• How do we deal with conflict? What are some peaceful ways to deal with conflict?
• Do we feel peace inside of us or outside? Maybe both?
Allow young people to think quietly on their own for a few minutes before asking for responses. Write some key words and ideas from students’ responses on the board or a flip chart.

Discuss as a group the following questions:
Why is peace important to us?
Without peace, what would the world look like? Would it look the same or different?
What does peace mean to you?
5Home & AwayThis activity adds a global element to the session by considering worldwide peace and by reflecting on local issues
Take two sheets of paper. On one write 'Home' and on the other 'Away'.
Break into two groups. They must write as many words or examples around the word as they can think of relating to either ‘Peace’ in their country ('Home') or in other countries ('Away'). Then swap the groups around.
A3 paper
20What is Cohesion?Introduce the next step of living together in peace - how can we live cohesively?
Ask the group to define cohesion.
Suggestions: Unity, togetherness, solidarity, bond, sticking together, continuity, coherence, connection, linked.
Ask the young people to write their thoughts of what cohesion means on post-its. Encourage them to share what they have written and to explain it if needed.

Share the definition….”the action or fact of forming a united whole.”

Ask the group:
What do the group think Community Cohesion mean?
Are there people who are excluded in their communities?
10Group discussion Summarise the points that have been made in relation to peace and cohesion. Encourage discussion of how these concepts impact on our realities – our friends, our school, our home, our community.
Give the young people a short time to discuss this with a partner and then call on a few to share their thoughts with the others.

Now encourage them to consider the following:-
How might they be able impact positively on cohesion in their schools and communities as Unite Ambassadors? How can we all contribute to making the world a more peaceful place?
Emphasize how Unite Ambassadors can make a difference in helping to make the world a more peaceful place even by the smallest of actions starting locally.

NB. This discussion can also help to impact on the Action Plan, so any notes taken or recorded should be kept for future reference.