International Day of Peace

“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.” – Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General

And so say all of us here at Artful Dodgers! So, why not make a huge deal of the UNs International Day of Peace on 21st September 2013? Ban Ki Moon also says the day ‘offers an opportunity for the world to pause, reflect and consider how best to break the vicious cycle of violence that conflict creates.’ After all, no one really wants to live in a place marred by war, so promoting a culture of peace and respect to the next generation of leaders is a great way to change the future and break that vicious cycle one and for all!

Of course war is terribly damaging to everyone, but especially children who can end up scarred for life. Thankfully, there are people all over world working to prevent this from happening. If you want to know more about the work that’s been done to help kids who end up the victims of war, have a look at the Children and War Foundation and the UN own page Children and Armed Conflict.

There are lots of things you and your class can do to highlight the importance of peace around the world. You could have a go at these super origami doves. And, if you don’t already have some, we’ve got these great little packs of origami paper. But bog-standard white paper would work just as well. And this simple dove art project, which would be more suitable for the younger children, is great for decorating your classroom with.

Then once you’ve completed your peace art project, why not share it with others on Global Art Project for Peace? And if you want more inspiration, the Peace One Day website has plenty more facts, ideas and, if you sign up to their blog, free resources, including a Friend our World project that aims to be an ‘online learning hub for children to unite in friendship games of geography, languages and global citizenship. Be part of the millions of children who will come together in the spirit of Let’s be friends.’ Sounds wonderful!

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