Vanishing Point’s curriculum resources cover two general themes:
Encounters with Conflict and Peace and the Geographies of Human Wellbeing.
Encounters with Conflict and Peace is a set of lesson plans for teachers which tie in with the RwandanStories.org website. They begin with the 1994 genocide and its aftermath, then open out to look at the origins of conflict in any society, and the processes of recovery and rebuilding.
The Geographies of Human Wellbeing unit is covered in a new e-text for students called ‘Rwanda Dreaming’. It’s a positive and colourful look at Rwanda’s remarkable progress in the 21st century, and in particular their home-grown solutions for dealing with the legacy of genocide.
About the lessons
THESE RESOURCES will help you deliver high-impact lessons on conflict and peace within the mainstream school curriculum. They engage students students with high-level critical thinking. They’re suitable for use in global education, history, psychology, English, legal studies, social/values education, geography and social sustainability.
They’re based on the award-winning website www.rwandanstories.org which takes a close-up look at Rwanda’s remarkable history through film, photography and journalism. The personal encounters with survivors and perpetrators challenge students to think through the ideas which either lead to conflict or build peace.
The lessons come with a detailed lesson plan and beautifully formatted sets of presentation slides and handout sheets ready for printing or photocopying. We think you’ll find they help you deliver engaging lessons without lots of preparation.Find out more
About the e-book
‘RWANDA DREAMING’ IS A ‘HUMAN GEOGRAPHY’ LOOK at Rwanda’s last twenty-one years. Two decades after genocide, Rwandans are creatively shaping a society and country that is uniquely their own.
This Education Edition includes a wide range of student activities which explore innovative, creative and flexible solutions to complex problems.
It covers Rwanda’s strategies in justice, health, education, poverty, social cohesion and the environment, and includes regional comparisons with Australia, especially indigenous Australia, and post-genocide Cambodia.
In stable societies, human wellbeing can be a fuzzy concept. By using the case study of a country forced to re-build from scratch, Rwanda Dreaming shows how dynamic the elements of human wellbeing can be in people’s lives.Find out more
On the resources...
“It’s the first truly impartial site I have seen. Thank you for taking the time to document this event in a way that no-one else has. It is humane, informative and compelling. It doesn’t seek to demonize the perpetrators; neither does it sanctify survivors. It presents both in all their humanity. I think what I like most about your site is that it strives to enrich us all with an understanding of conflict and how it can be used to create war. That is an important piece of the genocide puzzle.”Karen StaffordResearch Assistant for genocide survivor
On Rwanda Dreaming...
“The author’s notes – scattered throughout the book – are characterised by a great sense of humour, yet remain profound and true.”Laura RurangwaEnvironmental scientist, Rwanda