Monday, September 19, 2016

Schools : Education for Peace #PeaceDay

Buidling blocks for Peace

"The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity. Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development... It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms. An agenda for the planet, our common home. An agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership."

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

The International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, was brought into being by United Nations Resolutions in 1981 and 2001. International Peace One Day is celebrated on 21 September.

Each year, hundreds of students take part in a student observance of Peace Day at the United Nations which includes Messengers of Peace. View the UN's Peace Day page:

"Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind." 

 UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Goal 16 
credits: Elyx Yak

The Day’s theme for 2016 : “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people,” (...) “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon


From education to the arts, social justice to sports, health to the environment, neighborhood issues to service for others, there are many ways to participate in Peace Day! 

Building peace one day at a time

Peace One Day is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 1999. In 2001 due to our efforts the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.
"Awareness of Peace Day creates Action, and that Action gaves Lives".
Jude Law - Peace One Day Ambassador

Peace One Day

Activities: Schools

Organise activities throughout the year that help us raise awareness of Peace Day 21 September and encourage students, parents and other to join the campaign.

Choose to mark the day, whatever the scale of their activity, their commitment matters. 

Invite your students to to create public or private activities related to peace, helping to spread the word about Peace Day and/or attend an event in their city or community.


Peace One Day has created a page to offer ideas, support and free resources to help teachers and students mark Peace Day 21 September and raise awareness of the day throughout the year.

"It is mass participation by people from all over the world that will provide the leverage needed to inspire governments to follow. It is all our efforts combined that will contribute to the success of Peace Day."

Listen the beautiful song I Wish performed by Jahméne and download here

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Institutionalising Peace Day will be everyone’s legacy.

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