White Poppies for Schools
With Remembrance Day coming up this coming Autumn term, we've been thinking about ways to introduce more schools to the white poppy's message of a commitment to peace.
Together with ForcesWatch, we have begun the White Poppies for Schools project, which asks peace groups and individuals to consider purchasing a box of white poppies to donate to a local school. If they choose to do this, we also send some free resources: 'Rethinking Remembrance Day in Schools', a resource from ForcesWatch which explores how Remembrance can be used to encourage critical thinking and foster a culture of peace; and a leaflet appropriate for younger audiences which explains the message of the white poppy.
These resources are useful for highlighting marginalised perspectives on war and peace, and they offer a great way for teachers, parents and pupils to consider issues surrounding militarism and violent conflict. We have received great feedback so far, and are happy to give young people the opportunity to learn more about Remembrance and think about peace and nonviolence.
To take part in this project, you can order poppies as normal and add a note to your order requesting a schools pack. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you would like to discuss it further.
As we get very busy in the days leading up to Remembrance Sunday, we cannot guarantee schools packs ordered after October 30th.