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The Student Voices Project: Students respond to Peace, Conflict and Justice issues

The Friends Journal, a publication produced by the Friends Publishing Corporation, an independent Quaker nonprofit organization, recently released its 2nd annual Student Voices Project this April. The themes of the project this year were Peace, Conflict and Justice.  Students were provided with eight different prompts with which to consider in their responses: Story Time, Ponder, Get Involved, Inspiration (with a list of quotes from peacemakers), Imagine, Interview, Visual Arts, and Photography.

The essays, stories, poems, photograph and art pieces of students included in the publication are thoughtful and give an encouraging picture of what a well-established and well-facilitated peace education program can lead to in the lives of students.

The many-mediums format of the students’ community response to Peace, Conflict and Justice also makes it an especially viable option for language teachers. Without the pressure to only send a writing piece, or only an art piece, students of all abilities and levels could contribute equally to such a project; it provides them with a chance to both practice their language skills in creative ways and reflect on peace.

See the entire 2nd Annual Student Voices Project here.

Questions to ponder:

* How can we create opportunities for community responses to peace and conflict issues for our language students in a way that everyone can take part?

* How might something like the Student Voices Project look in your classroom and context?

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Contributing Author

Abigail Long is a 2012 graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and a member of Fairview Ave Brethren in Christ Church in Waynesboro, PA. She spent 14 months teaching English in South Korea at the Connexus Language Institute and is deeply interested in the connections between language learning, teaching and peacebuilding.

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