Peacebuildling for Primary Schools

Welcome to PeaceBuilders. PeaceBuilders works with Primary schools in Edinburgh to develop a culture of peace and listening: nurturing environments that embody values and practices to support intrinsic motivation, welcome and take care of conflict constructively, and work together cooperatively. 

We have worked since 2015 in over 30 schools delivering cooperative games; a Nonviolence Education programme which focuses on social-emotional learning for children, providing a foundation for building a culture of peace..

“The course has been a fantastic introduction to coping with conflict. My son has been given the tools to communicate his feelings and frustrations without immediately resorting to hitting or lashing out. We’ve seen evidence at home that he is thinking more before he acts. He has also become more sensitive to the needs of others and is starting to realize the impact his behaviour can have on others and how this affects friendships. Thank you.” Parent, P3 Flora Stevenson 2018

We ask schools to contribute just £150 – £200 per course but we don’t want this to be a barrier to participation. We can help with fundraising. Please get in touch to discuss if this is an issue. 

We can offer the programme to run for 8 weeks per term with each of two class groups.

A full Evaluation Report on the programme is available here.

More about peace building in schools

Dalry Primary Head Teacher and Depute Head Teacher reported 100% significant improvement. Head Teacher Grant Gillies commented “Specific individuals gained considerably and there was an impact on both behaviour and confidence.

The PSA included in the workshops also noted a difference in the behaviour of the pupils.” “I would recommend it to any school as the difference is tangible. Our school has 75 percent EAL and 1 in 3 of our pupils are in child poverty. This is not an easy place to start but it’s a testament to Fiona and the team that it more than succeeded.” Deputy Head Teacher Vanessa Kelly commented “Pupils really enjoyed the sessions. They all loved learning new skills which they also used in the playground with other children.”

Our cooperative games and conflict resolution programme has been carefully designed in line with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence to particularly support the following outcomes in the area of Health and Wellbeing:

  • Understanding me and others
  • Managing my anger
  • Improving my communication
  • Understanding my skills to manage conflict

A comprehensive outline of the programme is available here.

Schools interested in hosting the programme are invited to contact us. Please email our programme Coordinator Fiona Oliver-Larkin at coopgames[at] .

New in 2019

This year we are developing an element of our programme “Collaborative Classrooms” that also works with the adults in the school. This will involve deepening the integration of our work into the norms of the class starting with a survey of the ways the class operates and providing bespoke training and tools integrating sustainable practices of Nonviolent Communication, Restorative Practice, Peer Mediation and Circle Work

PeaceBuilders is an in-development collaborative team. We work to to embody our purpose & values in the work that we offer; to practice what we preach as much as we are able. 

We are walking towards a vision of a world alive with conversation, connecting each of us to our instinctive intuitive intelligence. Where adults and children work together to co-create ways of living that care for the Earth and all forms of life that inhabit it.”

We welcome others to join our team at our yearly Autumn term training (See calendar for details). Trainee facilitators undergo an 8 week, one afternoon a week, volunteer placement in a school, and receive other training in practices that support purpose and values integration before receiving Certification and being qualified to apply for the paid placement as a Co-Facilitator

If you think you would like to join our team, please go

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Donate to help develop the peace building for schools project

Donations offline can be made by Bank or Credit Card, by Bank Transfers or by cheques made out to Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre and designated ‘peacebuilding for schools’. For details of how to donate offline click here.

The Peacebuilding for Schools Programme is funded by grants from Network for Soccial Change, Pumphouse Trust, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre legacies and individual donations.   

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