"We should urge our students to see through many differences amongst nations and cultures and look at the aspirations and wisdom common to all of us as human beings."—Jing Lin (in Transforming Education for Peace, 2008, p. 313)

Learning about Global Neighbors

BBC News Country Profiles 
BBC provides summaries of history and politics and offers videos, maps and more for each country of the world on an easy-to-use site.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center-CCBC (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
The CCBC site features resources such as titles of “multicultural books every teen should know,” challenged books, discussions of intellectual freedom, and trends in books.  This is a valuable resource for teachers, students, and parents.  

Developing a Global Perspective for Educators: 
Among the many curriculum units offered are Child Labour & Fair Trade: An Educator’s Resource Kit, Sharing is Caring, and Peace Day.

Montessori Model UN 
“Judith Cunningham, a Montessori Educator and Head of Oak Farm Montessori School worked with UN Ambassador Francis Lorenzo to create a Montessori Model United Nations program based on Montessori learning principles.” As in other Model UN programs, student learn about countries other than their own and represent them at conferences.  This site connects the peace education principles of Maria Montessori with the mission of Model UN.

Teach for Peace: China Today
Susan Gelber Cannon created China Today: to provide web resources for teaching and learning, poetry, photos, and postcards of Chinese students and teachers are on this website.

Think, Care, Act: Teaching for a Peaceful Future 
Susan Gelber Cannon’s book details peace education rationales, specific lessons, and student evaluations, and contains an annotated book list of over 100 peace-education resources for teachers and picture books for children on peace themes.  The book helps teachers understand that peace education can be infused in daily lessons and in the classroom and school climate.  It is also useful in college peace-education courses and by community organizations and parent groups. “Peace can be taught in practically every discipline if teachers truly concerned about the fate of this planet and its inhabitants have resources like this book to guide them….,”writes peace educator Ian Harris in the Foreword.

United Nations Association-United States of America [UNA-USA]  
Through Global Classrooms, Model UN and other educational initiatives, UNA-USA offers students and teachers curricula and Model UN conferences to build knowledge about the United Nations and global citizenship.  Conferences are thought-provoking and inspiring and preparatory materials provide deep background material for teaching about the UN and global issue

What Kids Can Do:
Deeply linked website features several projects helpful for teaching about kids and their lives across the world.  Project pages contain rich visuals and videos and deeply linked resource menus.

United Nations Cyber Schoolbus 
This outstanding resource and comprehensive website is useable, creative, and varied and can provide numerous classroom lessons and project initiatives for any age group.

  • Curriculum Links include such topics as Peace Education, Poverty, Human Rights, and Clean Oceans.

  • Quizzes and Games include Free Rice, a grammar and geography game that provides free rice through the World Food Program.  

United States Institute of Peace
An independent and nonpartisan organization, “USIP provides the analysis, training and tools that prevent and end conflicts, promotes stability and professionalizes the field of peacebuilding….”  These pages detail the work of the USIP to prevent conflict and build peace in areas such as Afghanistan, Columbia, Iraq, etc.  Current issues are identified and recommended actions are explained.  Country profiles are available.

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