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ACTIVE PEACE EDUCATION

Helping children learn how to achieve peace on three levels: inner peace, peace between individuals, and peace between countries and communities

Peace education activities promote the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help people either to prevent the occurrence of conflict, resolve conflicts peacefully, or create social conditions conducive to peace. Core values of nonviolence and social justice are central to peace education.

Active Peace Education is an initiative of Malvern Quakers that offers courses to local schools, peace-making being a subject very close to Quaker hearts. Peace making provides us with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to become agents of change, locally and globally.

For general enquiries about the Malvern Quakers initiative, Active Peace Education, please contact:

Rosemary Webb

Active Peace Co-leader

rosemary.webb@activepeace.org.uk

01684 565708

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ROSEMARY WEBB

Rosemary has spent her life working with children of all ages. She trained in primary education at Newman college, University of Birmingham, and has spent 30 years working in the voluntary sector. She leads the Transformers youth group in Malvern for children who want to make a difference in the world, as well as the Humpty Dumpty toddler group. She is enthused about taking Peace Education into schools in Malvern. In her spare (?) time, she enjoys thinking of creative ways to make a difference.

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ELIZABETH FLANAGAN

Liz set up Active Peace with Rosemary in 2016. It combines her interests in education and personal development and led by her Quaker background, Peace studies. Her initial training was in early years education followed by a B.Ed. undertaken while her own two sons were young. After setting up and running a family centre on the Isle of Portland where she learnt to harness parent power she then went on to research partnerships with parents at Exeter University, whilst working towards an MPhil.  After several years working in state primary schools the restrictions imposed by the national curriculum led to a move into further education developing, managing and teaching a successful NNEB course, training young people working in early years settings.

In recent years Liz has focused on home tuition and helping busy families with childcare. A fortuitous meeting with Rosemary led to a partnership dedicated to developing a unique programme for local schools.  This programme helps children to explore various aspects of peace, from inner and relational peace to conflict resolution and inequality. Recently Liz has been exploring ways to evaluate the longer term impact of peace education in children’s lives with academics at Nottingham University and fellow Quaker educators.

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