A Journey of Peace - Teachers' Manual
The Teachers' Manual is now available for use in your classroom or other
Please note: the teachers' manual
is divided into one file for each chapter of A Journey of Peace. The
files are in Microsoft Word format, and require Microsoft Word or compatible
Chapter One -
Jameela's Gifts - Teachers' Manual
"The purpose of this story is to
familiarize the students with the characters, to develop a rich
emotional vocabulary and to learn the skills of empathy and
compassion. Older students will learn to identify the effects of war
on individuals, the interactions among family members and the
community. All students will learn ways to feel better when they are
Chapter Two - The
Wisdom of Bibi Jan - Teachers' Manual
"The purpose of the story is to
illustrate kindness (Abdullah tells lonely Jameela about his day), the
value of seeking comfort and advice from an elder, and strategies to
cope with fear. The importance of friendship and emotional support to
friends is also modeled. Students will learn that fearfulness is a
normal response to frightening events."
Chapter Three -
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story explores the very real and troublesome problems of emotional trauma.
Although most children will not have severe difficulties, many children will
have moderate or mild symptoms of emotional trauma. A challenge and heartache
for teachers will be knowing that some students might need professional help but
have little opportunity to access such services."
Chapter Four -
Merza's Heart - Teachers' Manual
"Many decades of war and conflict in
Afghanistan have taken a toll on the mental and emotional health and happiness
of the adults. Children, especially young children, may feel that they are the
cause of their parents' “bad mood”. "
Chapter Five -
Yunus's Song - Teachers' Manual
"The story explores how family members can
support each other in their grief through humour, talking, comforting, and
sharing happy memories. Death creates very different meaning and feelings
according to the circumstances."
Chapter Six - Leaving Home - Teachers' Manual
"Many, many thousands of families fled
their homes and country to reach a safe haven from the war. The displacement
caused many hardships. Often the first hardship is leaving home. In this
story, we ask the students to think also of the young soldier ordered to drop
the bombs on small villages, knowing many innocent people live there."
Chapter Seven - A New Friend - Teachers' Manual
"The purpose of the story is to bring
awareness, acceptance and enjoyment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Learning
to see all Afghans as “we” not as “us” and “them” is helpful in creating
tolerance and solidarity among Afghan citizens. In this way, understanding and
believing in the humanity of all peoples, and the creation of and working
toward common goals will assist Afghans in the creation of Peace."
Chapter Eight -
Reconciliation - Teachers' Manual
The purpose of this story is to model a
reconciliation process. Reconciliation is important as it provides the means
to healing and repair so that peaceful and healthy relationships can exist.
Chapter Nine - Merza's Anger - Teachers' Manual
The purpose of the story is to examine the
effects of unresolved anger and shame on relationships and the perpetuation of
Chapter Ten - Making Peace - Teachers' Manual
"The purpose of the story is to teach
conflict resolution, step by step, and then to have many different activities
to practice conflict resolution. In this way, the skills of conflict
resolution and using empathy and understanding of everyone’s position are
learned. The futility of using violence to settle conflict is exemplified. "
Chapter Eleven - Abdullah and the Ten Foot
Man - Teachers' Manual
"The purpose of the story is to question
the value of war. Sometimes, fighting is glorified without awareness of the
horrors seen and committed. The ten-foot man advocates growing food for others
and suggests that this occupation is the one that is truly glorious."
Chapter Twelve - A New Life
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"This story represents the turning point for
the family. Everything is beginning to look a little more hopeful. Even though
Jameela longs for her former life and home in her village, she appreciates the
new experiences and relationships that she has found."
Chapter Thirteen - Going Home - Teachers' Manual
Chapter Fourteen - Haleema and Fatima - Teachers' Manual
"The purpose of this
story is to examine the changing roles of women. "
Chapter Fifteen - The End of the Journey - Teachers' Manual
Chapter Sixteen - Building the Future - Teachers' Manual