Sunday, September 20, 2015

Education for a different world : International Day of Peace

credits : UN

"I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is 

“Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” 

It aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. 

Credits : UN

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. 

The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. Since wars begin in the minds of women and men, it in the minds of women and men that the defences of peace must be constructed. 

"Peace must be built in the minds of women and men, on the basis of human rights and dignity, through cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. Solidarity and dialogue are the strongest foundations for peace, guided by equality, respect and mutual understanding."

Irina Bokova, Directore-General Unesco

"Education is the foundation of any lasting peace. It is the driving force behind freedom and tolerance. It stems the tide of ignorance and mutual misunderstanding, the means by which disagreements all too often degenerate into violence. Education fosters the culture of dialogue that is necessary to resolve conflicts."

Irina Bokova, message


"We see the rise of a new generation of digital natives today," (...) "Our task must be to empower a new generation of digital citizens at the global level – starting with education, new intercultural skills, and deeper media and information literacy. Our goal must be to support the positive civic engagement of young people and youth initiatives online, to support cohesive societies, to advance peace on the basis of respect, human rights and dialogue."

Irina Bokova, July 2015

Celebrating International Day of Peace in schools is only a start to motivate students to practice a peaceful behaviour in school and along adult life. 

So, we must intregate the theme of peace every day, every moment in the curriculum we teach.

There's a new young generation of peace minds, believe me! Just look how the new generations are helping the refugees in some European countries. I'm proud of young generation of my country.

This is a matter of education in school and in the family. This is why,  they are open minds.

Ideas for activities with your students:

  • Begin to ask students to make some research  on human rights in your country, comparing to other countries. They must use tablets, smartphones in the classroom;
  • Create a webpage on the website of the school or on a personal blog to build a digital pledge on peace education. Ask students to help you. They have excellent ideas, some of them have good ICT skills...
  • Surprise school teachers and students from different classes by organizing a flash-mob outdoor. Ask for help the teacher of Music;
  • Choose a wall in the classroom or ask for a place at the school library for where students from different curricula can display their depictions of Peace through art works, street art, photography, storytelling, poetry ;
  • Motivate your students to create some brochures, flyers, pins, to distribute in your school and community. Ask for the participation of your colleague of Arts curriculum;
  • Organize an exhibition or a school newspaper including the best photos, drawings, texts (stories, poems, news) on the theme Peace;
  • Set up information stands on Internet, social media (online newspapers, tv/ radio); social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+) to raise school awareness on the issue;
  • Ask students to choose a little theater play to play in the school library. Invite parents, other teachers, the maire, even students from a schoolnear yours;
  • Display a movie on this theme in the classroom or in the school library, and invite teachers, parents, and other students to a round table discussion;


In our daysmore than ever, human rights and dignity must be our starting point, and dialogue must be our most powerful tool.

Postcards: UN postcards

Students can download postcards from here to send to some penpals:

Education for Peace : planning for curriculum reform - Guidelines for integrating an Education for Peace curriculum into education sector plans and policies.


Social media : Peace one day !

Facebook ; Twitter #PeaceDay ; Google+ ; Youtube.

If you are preparing some activitiesfill out the short form here and Peace One Day will share your inspiring ideas and plans for the day with its worldwide community of supporters, and multiply the impact of your important work.

Education should encompass values such as peace, non-discrimination, equality, justice, non-violence, tolerance and respect for human dignity. 

Quality education based on a human rights approach means that rights are implemented throughout the whole education system and in all learning environments.

In a world in complete change, young people have a relevant voice to demonstrate their critical thinking and creative ideas about a new intercultural dialogue, interconnectedness, capacity building, in order to innovate the society and build a different world  through important values as Peace and Culture.

"On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."

Ban-Ki-moon, UN


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