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POD launches online curriculum for students

An online educational curriculum focusing on conflict resolution and non-violence for teachers and students across the world is now available at http://education.peaceoneday.org.According to the Coordinator, Education Research and Development at Peace One Day (POD), Olivia Rainford, the two free education resources have thus far been created and the curriculum, is highly recommended for grades 6-12 in the United States (US) and KS 3 & 4 in the United Kingdom (UK).

Ms Rainford also said that the curriculum is aimed at fostering discussion among young people about peace and non-violence in their schools, local communities, and the world at large.

The resources work in conjunction with Jeremy Gilley’s award-winning documentary film The Day After Peace.

“As the founder of Peace One Day (POD), Jeremy Gilley was responsible for the unanimous adoption by United Nations (UN) member states of a day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date, Peace Day - 21 September,” she said.

Peace Day, she said, has now been proved to save lives and inspire and empower individuals everywhere to take action toward a more peaceful world.

“On Peace Day 2007, 100 million people according to UN were actively engaged in Peace Day activities in over 200 countries,” she said.

She pointed out that the POD education resources look to advance active learning in the areas of conflict resolution, global citizenship, human rights and the link between sustainability and peace, using Peace Day 21 September as a focus.

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