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Hands Up for Peace!

Front cover of Hands Up for Peace: Infinite Classroom Activities in your Hands. Hand-drawn image of hands reaching up to a dove of peace
Hands Up for Peace! edited by Emily Bryson for The hands up project

You may or may not know about The hands up project. Looking at their website and the work they do is incredible. The team work tirelessly to raise awareness and funds, and give much-needed support to those in Palestine.

You may or may not know of Emily Bryson. She of graphic facilitation fame – among other things. I was approached by Emily last year to see if I would contribute to a project she was working on. After a reminder, I set down to work and managed to produce something. I’m thrilled that the project has now come to fruition.

Hands up for Peace! is a resource book with activities using the concept of hands as a basis – and is dedicated to anyone who has experienced war or displacement. I am honoured to be a small part of the project, alongside some incredible people:
– Anna Maria Pinter
– Efi Tzouri
– Nick Bilbrough
– Emily Bryson
– Fiona Mauchline
– Linda Ruas
– Richard Chinn
– Susan Piper
– Paul Dummett
– Ashraf Ahmed Kuhail
– Karin Moser and Ariane Hertscheg
– Zhenya Polosatova

The book is available to buy on their website ( along with some other incredible-looking resources, such as Moon tell me truth (poems written and illustrated by children aged 9-15).

I’m also really excited as I’ll be going to the Hands up Project Conference, which will be during the week of IATEFL (next week!):

Flyer for the Hands up project conference called Where have we been? Where are we going? on April 18 2024.

Of course, there are other things connected to IATEFL that I could talk about – but I want this post to simply be about the Hands up Project and Hands up for Peace!

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