32. Find hope in the past

By Martin Crabbe | April 24 2019

32. Find hope in the past

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     #Love London. Love the World

    Climate Action 32: Find hope in the past (Global Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions)  

    Target audience: KS3 History students 

    1. What can Londoners possibly learn from the War? 

    Sometimes the problems faced by the people of London seem too big! How can we possibly stop knife crime? How can we clean up London’s air? How can we make sure no child suffers food poverty? And so on. When we hear of how Climate Change might affect London with, for example, more frequent extreme weather events, it just feels overwhelming.

    Yet in the past Londoners have faced terrible problems of their own. For example, World War II had an enormous impact on both the physical landscape of London and the lives of Londoners. The aim of this unit is for students to investigate the causes and consequences of wartime events including the London Blitz and food shortages. They will also evaluate the work of civil defence organisations and the role of women, to understand the diversity of Londoners’ experiences and the impact of the war on London and Londoners today. In section 2 we will think about how this knowledge might help us deal with some of the problems we face today.

    Click here to see the resource: London at War

    With special mention to the Museum of London and A New Direction.

    1. Understanding Community Violence 

    “I believe all children deserve a chance to succeed in life, wherever they live. I’m proud to champion this important lesson and help share the message that all children have the right to live free from fear of violence and be able to pursue their dreams”

    Serena Williams, Professional Tennis Player, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

    It is difficult to address climate change if you are homeless, or in fear of violence or worrying about where your next meal will come from. The immediate concerns of London’s young people must be addressed if they are to have hope for their future. In this next unit, we will build on the World War II work to consider solutions to one of these areas of concern: community violence. The aims are:

    • To understand what violence is and how it can exist in different forms
    • To explore the different reasons for violence around the world
    • To make connections between local experience of violence and global violence
    • To develop solutions for preventing violence

    Our hope is that by tackling problems such as community violence you will develop specific skills, confidence, resilience and hope. If Londoners are to have any chance of tackling the impacts of global issues (such as War or Climate Change), we will need people with these attributes.

    Click here to see the resource on Understanding Community Violence

    1. Background to this resource 

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum – developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson – produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.


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