educate for peace through teaching friendship skills

Educate for peace through teaching friendship skills – #readilearn

The UN International Day of Friendship on 30 July promotes friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals in order to inspire peace and build bridges between communities.

Education has an important role in fostering friendships at a grassroots level that can transform communities both small and large. We begin by developing respect, understanding and empathy among students in our classrooms and schools and reaching out to others in our local, national and international communities.

The basis for developing friendships in the classroom is the establishment of a supportive classroom environment in which everyone is welcomed and respected. It means that we, as a class, teachers and children, get to know each other and learn to appreciate our similarities and value our differences.

Establish a supportive classroom environment

I have suggested strategies for establishing a supportive classroom environment in previous posts, including:

Establishing a supportive classroom environment from day one

Starting out right — classroom organisation

Preparing the classroom for a successful school year

The posts link to resources to support your work in setting up a welcoming classroom.

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26 thoughts on “Educate for peace through teaching friendship skills – #readilearn

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  2. Msdedeng

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  3. Patricia Tilton

    Excellent post. It is so important for children to develop kindness, compassion and empathy that will guide their friendships with others. Character development is vital to their futures, and the future of our world. Wonderful resources for teachers.

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    1. Norah Post author

      I agree with you, Jacqui. Learning how to be a friend includes learning what to do when there are disagreements. Even friends disagree at times but it is also important to know how to disagree respectfully with others.

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  4. Erica/Erika

    Hi Norah, The two picture books look beautiful and carry the supportive message. I believe the recent advice in our part of the world is to limit the number of friends at school. Friends they actually hang out with. Of course, the message should still be kindness and “no one should be excluded.” I believe the teachers and parents will be mindful and have strategies in place. I have teacher friends and I will share these great resources with them. 🙂 Erica

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you so much for sharing your lovely thoughts, Erica, and for sharing them on both blog sites. I really appreciate your kindness. That’s just what we need – at all times.

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