Peace Cards

Duration: 15 + min
Number of players: 2+ player/s
Materials/ Tools needed: Card set “SCI Peace Cards
Publisher: International Secretariat – IS
Language: EN

Short description

“Peace Cards” – are a tool to spark discussion on the topics of peace, nonviolence, and activism. The Cards were created in a collaborative process, with contributors from all across the world proposing their favorite quotes, and global voting which helped us to make the hard choice and determine the 56 quotes that were eventually printed! The quote authors are persons from all walks of life, and we ensured a diverse configuration of backgrounds.

Educational value/ Learning Objectives

  • The Peace Cards are for everyone – both those who are interested in peace and those who are not (yet)! In particular, this set can support trainers, facilitators, youth workers, workcamp coordinators, psychologists, and educators who look for a creative tool to discuss the issues of peace, war, nonviolence, and activism with diverse groups. 
  • The Cards are also a great tool to introduce the above topics to families, groups of friends, and other informal circles!

Recommendations for use

There are numerous ways to benefit from the Peace Cards. 

Below you will find a few examples to help you kick off their usage:

  • Individually Think of a recent situation in life and pick up a card that resonates with this situation. What can you learn from it?
  • In a pair Let’s put peace into practice! Each of you picks a quote that encourages you to do one little thing for peace today. What is it? Share and inspire!
  • In a small group Pick a random card and discuss it in the group. Do you agree with the quote – or not? Why?
  • In a big group Display all the cards on the table/floor and ask participants to choose a card that they find the closest to their understanding of what peace is. Share!

Tips and Tricks for Facilitators 

How to adapt game for different groups, topics, occasions/needs

You can also give cards to the learners and invite them to go outside for a walk during which they read quotes, speak, and share thoughts! To highlight the education aspect, after playing the cards short debriefing sessions could be very useful. 

Feedback questions

  • Individual self-reflection
    • What can I learn from this activity?
    • Which quote made me think the most?
  • Pairs conversations
    • Did you find some quotes that surprised you? Which ones and why?
    • What was the most challenging?  Why?
  • Discussions in groups
    • What competences can you develop through this game? 
    • How would they help you in a professional and personal life?

Further discussion topics

Life values and goals