Peace-makers in ALF

10th Grade ALF Fellow Nutan is our guest blogger today:

Recently in ALF we did an amazing history lesson on the ‘League of Nations’. Prior to this, we had learnt about World War 1 and its destructive economic, political and social effects.

The advent of this lesson came with a very exciting activity. Our class was transformed into the world, and each student group became an (imaginary) country! We had to give a name to our country, and we were also supposed to design a manifesto with our vision for country, and our plans to keep our citizens and the world a safe and peaceful place.

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Students were tasked with developing a strategy to keep the world safe

All the groups started their animated discussions. We came up with loads of ideas in my group, for example: the establishment of a world court, where all the issues between different countries would be discussed and settled. We thought this forum would provide a peaceful way for countries to settle their arguments. We also came up with the idea of imposing a limit on the amount of arms a country could produce, as we wanted to avoid militarism.  

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Each group (i.e. country) discussed their strategies

After all our discussions, it was time for the class to share their ideas. Ma’am noted down the ideas from each country. You can see our class’ ideas in the following photograph:

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Students shared potential strategies, and debated the merits of each one

Once we had done this, we had to compare our ideas with the real League of Nations! And amazingly, so many of our ideas were almost the same as the League of Nations! We learnt about the structure of the League of Nations and the roles of each section, such as the Assembly, Secretariat and Committee, etc. We also learnt about the organizations, like the International Workers Union, and the International Court of Justice (similar to our World Court!).

We finished the lesson by doing an interesting prediction activity. We had to predict what kind of problems the League of Nations would face in its working. We thought the biggest problem might be that the League did not have its own army, as well as it did not have America’s backing. 

In later lessons, when we were learning about Italy, Germany and Japan’s aggression in the 1930s, we were not surprised to see this poster!

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Students analyzed this cartoon illustrating the League’s ineffectiveness. They were very pleased to have predicted this situation!

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