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Learning Peace: A Big School with a Big Heart ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527274
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Kent Martin, Peter d'Entremont, Sally Bochner
Directors:  Teresa MacInnes
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Abuse, Character Education, Documentary, Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, Social Issues, Social Studies, Violence
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  57:10
Closed Captions:  Yes


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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.

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