WHAT IT IS:
What children say:
"I learned that making friends is very important because you need friends your whole life.
And when you had an argument or a quarrel you always have to make peace, even when it is hard."
Anke van Keulen is a Social Educator and Founder and Partner of Bureau MUTANT. She has published several books on the training of a young child. She loves the accessibility of Peace in Your Hands for teachers with its practical and positive lesson plans and suggestions and the use of movement as highly applicable for children from stressful situations.
Dr. Lia van Aalsum connected to Pabo Groenewoud Nijmegen (HAN) has studied and written her dissertation (2012) on education and life values. In the context of this research she has studied Peace in Your Hands and has evaluated this project as very positive on this theme. She highly recommends the simplicity in which the theme of peace comes into the class agenda in a very simple way enabling the creation of discussions and the practical application of the teaching material.
What Teachers say
P.T. teacher in Groningen
PIYH gives me many practical guidelines for my practice, you can choose your own tools, it is a free programme, not too tight and not too detailed. PIYH is excellent for teachers with a passion for education
M.W. teacher in Wageningen:
The stories with a special meaning are wonderfull! Children are very enthusiastic, they talk about it with each other and they tell it at home to their parents. And so we have discussions at partner meeting too!
E.E. teacher in Enschede
We have regular class dialogues about what children bring in from actuality. So the Brussels attacks, the peace walks, the refugees coming, it is all there. So PIYH sports children to develop their opinions, and encourages them to take actions.
Most important is listening to children, they have their ideas about peace and peace making, how would they create a peaceful world? PIYH gives me, as a teacher, the tools to talk with children about these issues. I feel supported by this book to say the right things.
M.S. teacher in Antwerpen
Children as so enthusiastic, they ask me - Teacher, the are we going to do again the ’secret friend?”
The material invites us to raise issues with children such as ‘what is my position in the world? Issues such as poverty and wealth. Having a safe home or having no home and being a refugee.
I.H. teacher in Breda
I felt discouraged as a teacher because so much in school is determined, so many obligation a and administration. PIYH brings me back to the passion I felt when, many years ago I decided to become a primary school teacher. I can weave the lesson suggestions in through the day and once/twice a week I spend 30 mins on one of the topics in the book. One of the children is incredibly interested in the world peace makers and he knows a lot about them already. Many children were excited about the 'secret friend.’