This teacher’s guide was distributed to schools as part of a larger educational resource package that includes a video, poster series, brochure and student guide. Classroom Connections is proud to have collaborated with the following organizations that have contributed materials to complement the themes and concepts explored in the Cultivating Peace — Taking Action resource.
Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a lay Buddhist association of some 12 million members in 187 countries and territories worldwide. The ultimate aim of Buddhism and of SGI is the establishment of a peaceful world. SGI is an active non-governmental organization with consultative status at the United Nations. The promotion of peace, culture and education is central to all its activities. SGI Association of Canada is a constituent organization and is registered as a Canadian non-profit charitable organization. For more information, please visit www.sgi.org or www.sgicanada.org.
SGI Association of Canada, with the assistance of SGI, has generously contributed the following resource components:
- The video A Quiet Revolution explores the power of individual action in shaping solutions for our global future. Three local initiatives are explored: water harvesting in India, PCB pollution in Slovakia and deforestation in Kenya. Each segment examines the causation and consequences of the underlying issue and provides first-hand accounts from individuals taking action and working for change. The video was produced by the Earth Council in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations Development Program under the sponsorship of Soka Gakkai International. The video and the initiatives outlined are integrated into Theme 4 of this teacher’s guide.
- The Seeds of Change poster series contains eight vibrant posters to educate and inspire students on issues in sustainable development, active citizenship and a culture of peace. It represents a subset of a poster exhibition created by SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative that was first shown at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), Johannesburg in 2002. The poster series can be used throughout the module and is tied specifically with activities in Theme 5.
- The Earth Charter brochure outlines the history, principles and goals of the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. The 32nd General Conference of UNESCO (October 2003) supported a resolution “recognizing the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development.” It presents interdependent principles for a sustainable way of life as a common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations, businesses, governments and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed. The Earth Charter can be used as a reference throughout the module and is tied specifically with activities in Theme 5. Click here to access the brochure online.
TakingITGlobal (www.takingitglobal.org) is an international youth organization, led by youth and empowered by technology. TIG brings young people together within international networks to collaborate on projects addressing global challenges.
The Student Guide to Action is a hands-on tool for youth that guides them through the process of taking action. It is designed to be photocopied as a whole for student use. The guide provides a step-by-step approach that follows the layout of Themes 5 and 6 within this resource. As such, it can be used as a culminating assessment activity or it can be used to support the activities outlined in the final two themes. Click here to download the TIG Action Guide.