‘Our Security’ competition for schools & teaching resources
March 2018

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ForcesWatch are working with the Rethinking Security network and Quakers in Britain to develop educational materials in schools on the theme of 'our security'.

If you are aged 10–18, you can enter the competition with a:

  • poem or recorded spoken-word performance
  • picture, painting or other piece of art
  • essay of maximum 750 words
  • animation or film
  • poster

All entries received before 1 June 2018 will also be entered for the Inspire Peace Award, which will be celebrated on BBC Radio 2 in October.

In October we will judge the best entries and runners up, in two categories: ages 10–14 and ages 15–18.

Winners will receive two tickets to attend a prestigious Peace Direct event in late 2018 in London. They will be able to meet and talk with Peace Direct’s international partners, who work to build peace in communities affected by violence, in places such as Colombia, Israel-Palestine and Papua New Guinea. Peace Direct is an international peacebuilding charity working in conflict zones around the world supporting local people to build long-term peace.

A selection of entries will also be chosen for an exhibition at Friends House in London.

How to enter - send your entry by 1 October 2018

By email to Or by post to Peace Education, QPSW, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.

Include your name, age and contact details.

If you are a teacher submitting entries from students, include their names and ages, with your contact details and name of school.

We will share inspiring entries on social media throughout the competition.

Thinking about 'our security'




Get more ideas and resources for thinking about our security here.

Teaching about 'our security'

See here for teaching resources to use with young people, including a primary school assembly resource.

We are working with educators to trial a resource pack of curriculum materials for use by students aged 11-14 years. The 'What is Security?' trial pack is available to download here.

Download the poster:

Megaphone graphic on poster designed by Freepik