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Learning Peace: A Big School with a Big Heart

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Learning Peace: A Big School with a Big Heart chronicles a year at Annapolis East Elementary. A school where over 700 kids play, study, meet and--like kids everywhere--sometimes fight.

But thanks to an anti-violence program introduced in 1996 by principal Heather Harris, bullying and fighting have become a rarity.

Peace education has been fully integrated into the school curriculum. Meanwhile, a peer mediation program helps students settle disputes, good behaviour is rewarded at monthly assemblies, and a full-time counsellor devotes his days (lunch hours and breaks included) to helping kids address anger.

Over the course of a year, it becomes clear that peace is hard work--but well worth the effort.

2002, 57 min 10 s

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Honorable Mention - Category: Education and Information
International Film and Video Festival
October 23 to 25 2002, Columbus - USA

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