Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Achieving World Peace
Brainstorm the term "conflict resolution" with the students. Identify the basic steps for conflict resolution, in order, on the board or chart paper as the students offer information. For example: understand the problem, understand all points of view, look for possible solutions, and build a compromise. Identify the importance of communication and problem-solving skills in successful conflict resolution. Ask: When have you used conflict resolution techniques?
Outline the Opportunity
Have students visit the topic Peacekeepers and Peacemakers: Canada's Diplomatic Contribution on the CBC Digital Archives website. They should browse the clips "Lester Pearson's Suez solution", "Trudeau's push for Cold War peace", "The Canadian compromise on Iraq", and "Peru requests Canadian backing for Falklands peace effort".
As students view the clips, they should make notes to answer the following questions:
What conflicts threatened world peace?
What were the points of view of the participants in these conflicts?
What solutions did Canadians propose?
When were Canadians successful? When did Canadian efforts fail?
Revisit and Reflect
Have students brainstorm a list of common obstacles to world peace, such as hatred, mistrust, fear, and differing cultural values. Students can use their notes to contribute to a discussion on the use of conflict resolution skills in the quest for world peace. Ask them to explain why specific attempts succeeded or failed. Ask: What can the world learn today by studying past conflicts?
Students can work in groups to design and write the home page for a new website: Conflict Resolution for Kids. The objective of the site is to convince their contemporaries around the world that through learning and practising conflict resolution skills, such as communication, problem solving, and compromise, they might be able to help achieve the goal of world peace in their lifetime.