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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. ForcesWatch last year wrote a resource for teachers called ’Rethinking Remembrance Day in Schools’, which explores how remembrance can be used to encourage critical thinking and foster a culture of peace, rather than sanitising, simplifying or even glorifying war. We received very positive feedback from teachers on this resource, and we would like to reach more with it this year.

With this new project, the Peace Pledge Union and ForcesWatch will work with local groups around the UK to provide schools with a White Poppies for Schools Pack. The pack includes 100 White Poppies in a display box, alongside an information pack with White Poppy information leaflets and Rethinking Remembrance Day resources.

The Information Pack would be ideal for a teacher to leave in the staff room and announce in a staff meeting, and perhaps place a few of the White Poppy information leaflets on noticeboards or near the white poppies.

As small organisations we are unable to give these packs to schools for free - and many schools will not be able to purchase them themselves. So we're reaching out to local organisations or groups committed to peace, and campaigning against militarism and war, to purchase the packs and gift them to a nearby school.

The packs can be purchased from the Peace Pledge Union shop for £60 (including postage), and then you can give them personally to a school contact. They will then have one hundred white poppies to give out for free in their school, and useful resources to share with their colleagues.

If you want to purchase one pack but give to more than one school, we can include more Information Packs at no higher cost, and you can distribute the white poppies and packs between more than one school.

If you’d like to purchase a smaller number of White Poppies for a smaller cost along with the pack, just get in touch with us and we’ll let you know what the options are.

It would be helpful to have orders placed with us by the 20th October.

For more information, contact:

Sophie (PPU) and Rhianna (ForcesWatch)


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