Start the Conversation about World Peace Day

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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.
It’s a big world we live in with hundreds of countries and thousands of languages, many different religions, time zones, and a slew of celebrations.
The symbol of the dove:
The peace dove flying with an olive branch in its beak is one of the most commonly featured symbols for the day. In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam a white dove is generally a sign for peace. The dove can also represent “hope for peace” or a peace offering from one person to another, hence the phrase “to extend an olive branch”. Often, the dove is represented as still in flight to remind people of its role as messenger.
So, how can you include this in your daily life?
You don’t have to organise or attend an event to participate in Peace Day. Individuals can observe Peace Day in whatever way is personally meaningful. Take time for quiet reflection, have a minute of silence at 12pm, volunteer in your community, commit to more peaceful communications in your home, share some peaceful time with someone who needs support, plant a tree, learn about a global issue related to people or the environment.
How can you embrace this day in your classroom?
Learn what makes us different and what makes us the same, and why!
Ask the children about what they think Peace Day is. Below are some links to some craft activities, which can start the conversations.
Some questions to consider:
1.Why do you think World Peace Day is so important?
2.What can we do to support this day?
3.How different would the world be if every day were World Peace Day?
Encourage the world to work together toward the goal of worldwide peace.
Just remember that knowledge leads to understanding…
For more information about World Peace Day:
http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
Worksheet, craft and activities to use at home or in the classroom:
http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/peaceday.php
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/peace-day
20 things you can do on Peace Day:
https://justlists.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/20-or-more-things-you-can-do-on-peace-day-september-21/
 

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