Peace and conflict can be viewed from a very local scale as well as being seen as key global issues. Finding out how conflicts start and how they can be resolved is important for keeping the peace both in the classroom and in the wider world. Exploring these issues helps young people get a handle on their own emotions and see things from someone else’s perspective.
What is conflict resolution?
Conflict resolution is the process of resolving a dispute or disagreement by providing for each side’s needs and finding a solution that adequately addresses their interests so that they are satisfied with the outcome. Conflict resolution is an important feature of both personal and international relations and often involves negotiation and mediation towards a compromise or consensus decision.
Why teach about conflict resolution?
Teaching about conflict can be a way to help pupils understand global issues. You can relate conflicts in your classroom, or school, to wars in the news and show similarities and differences. You can study, for example, how tensions start and escalate, whether others should get involved, how conflicts can be resolved and how the word ‘conflict’ is used in different contexts. You can help your class think critically about the causes and consequences of war, rather than just what we see on the news. You can also explore media bias by looking at how different media outlets (TV, radio, newspapers, websites) present war differently.
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