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Culture of Peace and Education

… EDUCATION FOR PEACE …

An essay by G.K. Ghosh in The Statesman

Since the war begins in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defence of peace must be constructed. ~ The Unesco Charter

The United Nations entity had identified the first decade of this century (2001-10) as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World. A culture of peace was envisaged to be achieved when citizens of the world would be able to understand global problems, have the skill to resolve conflicts and struggle for justice, non-violence and live in accord with international standards of human rights and equity.

In 1989, the International Congress on Peace in the Minds of Men held in Africa urged Unesco to “.help construct a new vision of peace by developing a peace culture based on the universal value of respect for life, liberty, justice, solidarity, tolerance, human rights and equality between men and women.” The report of the Unesco’s International Commission on Education for the 21st Century titled Learning: The Treasure Within suggested that educational process needs to be restructured to draw out the hidden talents in students. The UN declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace adopted in 1999 emphasised the role of education in promoting a culture of peace.

Thus, education may serve as the principal means to create a culture of peace, and by reflecting its basic principles, the curricula can prepare people for the task of developing a culture of peace. Manifesto – 2000 for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence was launched by Unesco in 1999. It laid down the code of conduct for individuals saying that they must respect the life and dignity of every human being . There should be no violence ~ physical, psychological, sexual or social. The Unesco project on “Teacher Education for Peace” is also based on the assumption that effective teaching for peace and international understanding must target teachers themselves because they are the torch-bearers of building a peaceful culture in schools. They should be equipped with the content and pedagogical skills to translate the value of peace, tolerance, nonviolence, human rights and international understanding within the confines of the classroom.

In building a culture of peace, education has to play a crucial role. Peace education could infuse the entire curriculum and not just a separate aspect taught in isolation. Children may be acquainted with factors that contribute to practise solidarity, cooperation and respect for citizenship rights among different groups in society, and with factors that improve the realisation of such objectives.

Children may be enabled to generalise concepts and procedures relating to peace, cooperation and human rights at the local and national levels so as to develop a concept of world citizenship. They may also be acquainted with different organisations that cooperate at the local, national and international levels to promote peace and human rights and also to understand the role of the international bodies. Children may be acquainted with instances of violation of peace and human rights and the exploitation of international cooperation along with their adverse effects on the quality of life. They may be informed about the struggles and movements for peace and cooperation.

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Question for this article:

What is the relation between peace and education?

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Peace education is not a novel concept in schools. In many countries such as Australia, Netherlands, Canada, the UK and the USA, activities in the area of peace education have been in vogue for quite a long time. India has been the home of people with various origins. Ours is a tolerant eclectic society, a democracy in which universally recognised human rights and fundamental freedoms are guaranteed to all without any discrimination on grounds of community or creed.

Mahatma Gandhi introduced the lessons of non-violence in education for better manifestation of human sensibilities. Nai Talim or basic education guaranteed the essentials of education nursed in the spirit of non-violence.

The National Policy on Education (1986) states that “India has always worked for peace and understanding between nations, treating the whole world as a family.” It adds that “in our culturally plural society, education should foster universal and eternal values, oriented towards the unity and integration of our people.”

While preparing the Country Report on the Delor’s Commission Report, the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with Unesco in 1998, states,”India’s educational ethos needs major reforms in the context of the changes that are sweeping our country. The transformation that the society is going through warrants rejuvenation in the way we teach and what we teach.The way we structure our educational institutions and determine the contents of our curricula can by themselves help us move towards a culture of peace.”

Several non-governmental organisations like the World Peace Centre have been involved in spreading the message of Manifesto-2000. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) came out with its National School Framework for School Education-2000 which lays stress on peace education. The Curriculum-2000 inter alia emphasises education for peace and international understanding.

It has stressed the need to infuse a profound sense of nationalism tempered with the spirit of vasudhaiva kutumbakam. The NCERT in its Curriculum Framework for Quality Education stresses the student teachers’ contribution for social reconstruction to resolve conflicts peacefully. The Indian teachers’ education curriculum at the elementary and the secondary levels includes peace education.

So vast is the responsibility of teachers and yet, unfortunately, so little is the attention paid to implement them. Obviously, the teachers must accept their share of responsibility of inculcating good conduct, tolerance and a sense of respect for law and order among the pupils. The children can be taught in the classroom about the nature of conflicts and the way they can be resolved. They can be taught as to how to deal with conflicting situations, forgive others and inculcate in themselves the seeds of tolerance which is the need of the day. They should be told that a multi-religious society like ours is particularly vulnerable to the poison of intolerance. Holistic education lends itself to endless possibilities for innovation.

If the goal of education is freedom from ignorance, freedom from dependence and freedom from prejudice, then it is time to ask ourselves whether our education has enabled us to acquire the necessary competence to understand the world in which we live, to develop the skills to live independently and also to live collectively. Harmonious coexistence of multiple identities is the core of human civilization. Sharing is the basis of civilised collective living in a civil society.

(The writer is former Associate Professor, Department of English, Gurudas College, Kolkata)

Bonita, a young change-maker inspires girls and women in Nepal through education

. . . WOMEN’S EQUALITY . . .

An article from UNESCO

Bonita Sharma is a young change-maker in Nepal. She participated in an intensive learning platform for young women supported by the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education, the Female Champions Fellowship. As a Female Champion, she has empowered girls and women in Nepal through her project on nutrition education. Girls’ education is a must for Bonita and she is working with her community to ensure all girls in her country receive a proper chance at learning.


Video of Bonita in Nepal

In Nepal, not all girls have the chance to go to school. How do you think education transform lives? How has it transformed your life?

I believe that education influences the entire life cycle of a girl.

A girl child who has access to a quality education will grow up to become a confident adolescent, aware of herself and her surroundings. When she becomes an adult, she will make informed and independent decisions regarding her health, her career and her family life (e.g. marriage and reproduction). As an educated mother, she will pave the way for the next generation of girls to live a brighter future.

I feel fortunate that I had the chance to receive a proper education without any discrimination. It enabled me to transform into a young change-maker in my community. Education has empowered me to empower others.

Through the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education, you are empowering girls and women in Nepal with an education focused on nutrition and health. What has been the impact of your project on young people and their communities?

My team and I have already reached hundreds of girls and boys, women and men, in Nepal through my Action for Nutrition project. Our programs have not just improved their knowledge on health and nutrition, but we were also able to unlock their creativity, confidence and leadership skills.

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Question for this article

Does the UN advance equality for women?

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Manamaya Gurung, a student from Shree Indreshwori School in the Sindhupalchok district did not feel comfortable talking about menstruation. After participating in our educational program, she was able to explain menstrual hygiene to visitors with confidence during our Swasthya Mela (Health Exhibition) event.

It is really gratifying to see young girls like Manamaya become emissaries in their own community; monitoring the health, nutrition and hygiene practices of their family, peer groups and community members. Teachers, mothers, fathers and female community health volunteers have also become more responsible towards addressing the problem of malnutrition, junk food consumption and poor hygiene after participating in our programmes.

We often speak of the importance of female role models for girls and their education. As a Female Champion, who inspired you to become who you are?

My mother had just completed her high school education when she married my father. Society, at the time, expected women to give up their studies to care for their family. My mother did not give up on her dream of getting an advanced degree. She accomplished her goal despite all the criticism, barriers and hardships.

I witnessed the persistence of my mother and the supportive role of my father from a very young age. Growing up in this environment shaped me to become the Female Champion I am today. I learned determination and the value of education from my mother. I strongly believe we need such role models in our homes, schools and communities to inspire us from a young age.

What are your future plans as a Female Champion?

In 2017, I founded Social Changemakers and Innovators (SOCHAI) with a vision to empower women and girls through youth-led innovation, education and social entrepreneurship. We have developed two innovative bracelets, Nutribeads and Redcycle, which are essential tools for nutrition and menstruation education.

Through SOCHAI, I am taking small steps to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, and ensure a quality education for all because there is still much to be done.

In the coming days, I plan to expand our educational programmes all over Nepal through multi-sectoral support and collaboration ranging from policy to grass-root level. By integrating health, nutrition, gender, entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and infrastructure in education, I aspire to empower millions of girls and women in the future.

What advice would you give to girls and women worldwide?

Education is the key to overcome the barriers and reach our full potential in life. It is the key to positive change all of us wish to see in the world. As Malala said, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”. So, let us pick up our books and our pens.

Pakistan: Interfaith Christmas Celebration

. TOLERANCE & SOLIDARITY .

Submitted to CPNN by Kiran Iqbal,

ROLE (Rights of Living for Everyone) Organization, the Society for the Promotion of Education and Awareness (SEAP Pakistan), and the AMAAN Development Organization with the collaboration of Action Against Poverty (AAP) and Hafeez Ghee & General Mills Private Limited organized Interfaith Christmas Celebration and Interfaith Prayer and Thanks Giving Award Distribution Ceremony to thank God Almighty and pay tribute to the volunteer services of committed and dedicated CSO Leaders, Journalists and faith based leaders.


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The event featured participation from a wide variety of Muslim & Christian denominations and representatives of Hindu and inclusive religious communities. We came together to give thanks for the blessings we have received throughout the year of 2018 and pray for the 2019. Prayers, sacred writings, reflections and meditation were woven together with a common theme of gratitude from many traditions. The event took place at Pastoral Institute, Naqashband, Multan on 31st December, 2018.

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Question related to this article:
 
How can different faiths work together for understanding and harmony?

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The program started with a recitation from Holy Quran and the Holy Bible along with Bhajan, Naat and Christian hymns.

In the beginning, Marcus Younas gave an introduction of the program, giving thanks to the blessings of God Almighty. Then, the speakers gave their view point on the topic “How Celebrating Religious Festivals Together can promote Interfaith Harmony and National Solidarity”.

Professor Abdul Majid Wattoo, Yasmin Khakwani, Karamat Jameel, Sarfraz Clement, Abdul Hanan Haidri, Ghazal Ghazi, Naeem Iqbal Naeem, Makhdoom Tariq Abbas Shamsi, Allama Syed Mujahid Abbas Gardezi, Muhammad Amir Mehmood Naqashbandi and Rev. Fr. Dr. Jamshed Albert Gill O.P. (Director, Pastoral Institute, Multan) talked on this occasion highlighting the common values and traditions of various faiths with logics of how celebrating religious festivals together can promoted interfaith harmony and national solidarity. They appreciated the initiative of host organizations also for awards to be given for the services rendered by religious and civil society leaders for the promotion of interfaith harmony, peacebuilding and tolerance among the people of various faiths of Pakistan.

Lastly, Ms. Kiran Iqbal (CEO, ROLE Organization, Multan) thanked all for their participation and shared that our joint work can be strengthened only if we support each other by bridging the gaps and joining hands together for peace, harmony and solidarity.

Fifty Awards were given to pay tribute to the volunteer services of committed and dedicated CSO Leaders, Journalists and faith based leaders. The event ended with Cake cutting for Christmas and New Year 2019 along with dinner for all.  

Iran: 3000 signature campaign for child abuse prevention

. . . . . HUMAN RIGHTS . . . . .

Sent to CPNN by Javaher Sinaei

As the Iran Chapter of My Body Is My Body Program, Shahin Gavanji and Jahangir Gavanji organised a signature campaign to support Child Abuse Prevention in Iran: the 3000 signature campaign for child protection and child abuse prevention. 


The purpose of the campaign was to announce the support of the Iranian people for preventing child abuse by signing on the fabric.  In this plan, a fabric of 15 square meters was fabricated and put in all the main parks of each province.   

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Question related to this article:

How to stop violence against children?

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More than 3,000 signatures were collected from all cities in Iran 
(31 cities Alborz, Ardabil, Bushehr, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, EastAzerbaijan,Isfahan,Fars,Gilan, Golestan, Hamadan, Hormozgan,Ilam, Kerman,Kermanshah,Khuzestan, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad,Kurdistan,Lorestan, Markazi,Mazandaran,North Khorasan,Qazvin, Qom,RazaviKhorasan,Semnan,Sistan and Baluchestan,South Khorasan,Tehran,West Azerbaijan, Yazd, Zanjan).


The goals of this campaign:


1- The collective participation of citizens to learn about this positive social program leading to child abuse prevention.


2- Meetings and face to face conversations with different groups of people on a large scale to get familiar with My Body Is My Body Program


3- Belief in development of awareness, making conversation between Iranian people and learning teammate activities to protect children.

India Forms World’s Largest Women’s Wall for Gender Equality

. . . WOMEN’S EQUALITY . . .

An article from Telesur

Thousands of women in India’s coastal state of Kerala joined together, forming a 386-mile wall, to send a message in support of gender equality.

Official sources told the BBC that approximately five million women from different parts of Kerala took to highways to form a human chain in protest of gender disparity.

The “women’s wall” stretched from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram to the northern district of Kasaragod.


Video from @Cyt.Vishwa

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Question for this article

Prospects for progress in women’s equality, what are the short and long term prospects?

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The demonstration is part of a series of protests against a ban  which prevents women of “menstruating age” (ages 10 to 50) to enter the temple. India’s Supreme Court had overturned the ban back in September, however, attacks on female visitors by conservative groups persist, citing a violation of the holy site.

Last month, two women tried to enter the temple but were prevented from doing so by protesters defending the ban. Right-wing Hindu protesters base their actions on an interpretation of a temple deity, Lord Ayyappa whom they allege is “celibate.”

The “women’s wall” was initially proposed by Kerala’s Left Front Government and was originally scheduled to take place in December 2018.
In November 2018, dozens of protesters at the Sabarimala Temple were arrested for demanding the removal of a ban on overnight stays, which was implemented by the government as a response to right-wing demonstrations against women devotees.

However, since the court order gained prominence, a major battleground has manifested between devotees and gender activists, sparking protests across the southern state. More than 2,000 people were arrested following clashes near the temple in October.

The Supreme Court will hear challenges  to the decision to overturn the ban, starting January 22.

(Editor’s note: Telesur is the only news source we could find for this story in English that allows for reproduction, requiring only that the source be given. There are many other articles in news sites that forbid reproduction. Interestingly this article was not listed in a Google search.)

Promotion of peace and peace education through schooling: Perspectives and experiences of girls and boys in Mauritius

… EDUCATION FOR PEACE …

Abstract from the thesis of Priya Darshini Baligadoo at Nottingham University

This thesis explores young boys’ and girls’ perceptions and experiences of their schooling in the small island developing state of Mauritius. It brings to the forefront problems related to cultural and structural violence that can hamper a peaceful schooling in three state secondary schools: a single-sex girls’ school, a single-sex boys’ school and a mixed school which also promote the educational theories of M.K. Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. The findings reveal that there can be a ‘fideistic’ attitude to Gandhi and Tagore in this context, which highlight the need for a critical peace education that question taken-for-granted assumptions. It also shows that in schools, problems can be hidden and not discussed.

video of Priya Darshini Baligadoo

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Question for this article:

Where is peace education taking place?

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The methodology was based on a participatory worldview that asserts the importance of a ‘holistic inquiry’ and learning from the ‘Other’ for peaceful coexistence. In this regard, there can be serious ethical challenges for a ‘native’ researcher to conduct participatory research with young people in a small-connected community like Mauritius.

The research also brings together various philosophies of education and peace for the promotion of peace education. It builds on commonalities from the East and West to highlight the importance of the ‘holistic’ in peace education. It promotes the concept of ‘wholeness’ as much emphasised in the East. The research was informed by M.K. Gandhi’s, Rabindranath Tagore’s and Maria Montessori’s educational theories for peace. It was also gender-sensitive and promoted a ‘peace-focused-feminism’, which is grounded in the Eastern philosophies of ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’, ‘Shakti’ and ‘Shiva’ and ‘Prakriti’ and ‘Purusha’.

[Editor’s note: The full thesis is available from the University by requesting here.]

Pakistan: 500 Muslim Leaders Sign Islamabad Declaration

. . TOLERANCE AND SOLIDARITY . .

An article from Zenit

“The Declaration of Islamabad is a step in the right direction. We need to develop it to improve the image of the country: this is the way forward: government and opposition must work together to legislate on good policies, while civil society, religious communities and all citizens must work together for the social, civil and cultural progress of our country.”

These were the words of Fr. Bonnie Mendes, a Pakistani Catholic priest of Faisalabad, former regional coordinator of Caritas Asia, reported January 8, 2019, by Fides News Agency. He commented on the publication of the “Islamabad Declaration”, in which over 500 Muslim religious leaders publicly condemn terrorism, violence committed in the name of religion and fatwa (sacred edicts) widespread by radical ulemas.

The declaration was signed in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, during a gathering organized by the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC). The initiative, according to observers, represents a turning point especially in the attitude towards religious minorities and Islamic sects the “Ahmadi”. In fact, the Declaration recognizes that Pakistan is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, and notes that “it is the responsibility of the government to ensure the protection of the life of non-Muslim citizens in Pakistan”.

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Question for this article

Islamic extremism, how should it be opposed?

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Among the main contents, the murders committed “under the pretext of religious belief” are condemned, observing that this “is contrary to the teachings of Islam” and states that “no Islamic sect must be declared unfaithful”, noting that all citizens, whatever their religion or sect, “have the constitutional right to live in the country following their cultural and religious principles”. Continuing in establishing the principles of religious freedom, the text establishes the right for religious groups to organize themselves autonomously and asks civil authorities to ban “any material (books, pamphlets, audio) that incites religious hatred” and to punish anyone that threatens “the sacred places of non-Muslims”, implementing “the national action plan against extremism”.

The religious proclaim 2019 as a “Year to annihilate terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence from Pakistan”, reiterating that “non-Muslim citizens must enjoy the same rights as everyone else”.

Sabir Michael, an activist for human rights and minority rights, told Fides: “We appreciate and acknowledge the efforts of the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) to stop extremism and contribute to tolerance, peace, justice, and equality in society. It is necessary to promote and spread this message to the communities. In the past, solemn declarations such as this, are not very successful, now the government and religious communities must work together in this direction: let us not lose hope for the good of the country”.

India: Cultures from around world converge at folk dance fest

. . . EDUCATION FOR PEACE . . .

An article from the Times of India

It was a coming together of cultures from around the world at the Punjab International Folk Dance Festival organized by the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council (PCPC) in collaboration with Ishmeet Singh Institute at the Ishmeet auditorium on Monday evening.

The fusion of African, Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, Punjabi bhangra and Indian classical dances was well received by the audience, students and dignitaries. La Escuela de Danzas Folcloricas-Palma Africana folk dance ensemble from Colombia was the highlight of the mega event.

Bringing the diverse cultures of the world on one platform, the event propagated the message of love, peace and harmony. Colombians led by group director Madam Maria Carmen Melendez took the stage by storm with their vibrant presentation of folk dances mapale, mix carnaval, salsa and guacherna on the scintillating beats of Colombiano music comprising drums (Tambora) and a pair of Maracas, displayed by artist Alfonso.

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Do the arts create a basis for a culture of peace?, What is, or should be, their role in our movement?

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Sharing the theme, festival director Dr Davinder Singh Chhina said that PCPC has invited 43 international folk delegations from all over the world to attend the dance festival since 2002 to promote culture of peace, international friendship, multiculturalism and cultural diversity.

The Cumbia dance represented the culture hybrid of European, African and other indigenous communities while spreading the message of happiness; Bambuco, a musical on Colombia, emulated the process of love expressed by farmers, while Guacherna depicted festivities of Barranquilla, the native city of the guest delegations.

Carnaval De Barranquilla was a cultural representation and a mix of different dancing styles which expressed the period of colonization. The salsa beats took the audience on a tour of Cuba, while mapale and bullerengue depicted the cultural diversity of Colombia.

Closing the concert, Colombians performed bhangra along with Punjabi artists. Colombian artists Carmen Sanjuan, Dany, Alfonso and Andrea were all praise for the hospitality and vast heritage of Punjab.

Asia and Pacific: International Day of Peace

. . FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION . .

A survey by CPNN

e have found 158 events in 22 Asian and Pacific countries. Details are available for 33 that were listed in Google during the week of September 21-28 under the key words “International day of peace” and 国际和平日 (Chinese) as well as on the website of the event map for the International Day of Peace, the facebook page of the Global Feast, the website of Unify.org and the facebook page of International Cities of Peace. In addition to the 33 events on the above websites, there were 125 events mentioned without detail on the websites of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace No doubt there were many events listed on the Internet in languages other than those for which we searched.


Photo from the program in Uttar Pradesh organized
on the occasion of International Peace Day

Here are details of the events

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Afghan Women’s Network, celebrates World Peace Day at kabul Star Hotel. With the participation of Social activist’s, Community Leader’s, Religious Scholar’s, Representatives of different NGO’s members, Teacher’s,Youth and children’s. Afghanistan’s Civic Party plans to celebrate this day on the World Peace Day, which is one of the most urgent needs of dear Afghans in Afghanistan with a martial arts competition with the participation of the National Martial Arts Federation and with the participation of Pakistani and Iranian opponents under the name “Fighting to launch peace.”

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Carpet of peace woven by Afghanistan youth. It is 35 meters in length in the colors of blue and white. Afghanistan’s Civic League will hold classes about peace with those who cross the carpet.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: On the 21 of September, UNIC Canberra marked the International Day of Peace with the Queensland Branch of the United Nations Association of Australia at their annual Brisbane Peace Lecture. UNIC Canberra Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe spoke about the historic context and significance of the International Day. Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Dr Larissa Behrendt then delivered the Peace Lecture at St John’s Cathedral to an audience of 150 people. The event also featured performance by the Combined Union Choir with Songlines Katini.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Sister Margaret Parker represented the Brahma Kumaris at an Interfaith Prayer Service at the Uniting Church in Parramatta on Friday, September 21st, to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace. The Uniting Church pastor, Rev. Dr. Manas Ghosh, has been conducting this Interfaith service for the past fifteen years. The service started with the lighting of the Peace Candle by Dr. Zeny Edwards from the UN Association of Australia while the congregation recited the International prayer for peace. This year, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Coptic Orthodox, and the Sufis joined for the first time. Another Interfaith Prayer Service on September 21st was attended by BK Helen Chapman at the Lindfield Uniting Church, in northern Sydney. About 120 people were present when the service started at 11 am. Twelve representatives from different faiths were present to participate in the leading of a prayer or a reading from their particular faith. There was also an exhibition outside the Prymont Theatre Foyer about loving kindness, compassion, inner peace and sustainable development goals (SDGs) where BKs also had a table to hand out pamphlets.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA: School students and Illawarra People For Peace (IP4P) members took to song and friendship to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN International Day of Peace. ‘The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70’, was the theme of Friday’s event in Wollongong. IP4P president Reverend Geoff Flynn said it was 70 years since the charter for human rights was signed but there’s actually not a right to peace in that particular charter. Students from Amity College, Wollongong Public School, Edmund Rice College and St Mary’s College performed during the September 21 event at Wollongong Mall. Reverend Miao You from the Nan Tien Temple also made a speech about peace and human rights. Amity College president Dr Mehmet Aslan also spoke about social justice and equality.

MALENY, AUSTRALIA: World Cafe Community Dialogue Forum: a series of intimate hosted table conversations focused around practical peacebuilding.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA: 100 people are expected to attend Earthdance Perth for an event benefitting the Kigalisun Foundation of Rwanda.

DHAKA, BANGLADESH: In order to celebrate the International Day of peace, the Department of Information Studies and Library management in association with East West University Library invites students to come together to form a human chain of peace sign on 23rd September 2018 at 12:00 pm in EWU ground. These allies are also conducting an hour-long session at Digital Section of the Library, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the same day to engage the students to understand the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to get their opinions on “Right to Peace”.

SIRAJGANJ DISTRICT, BANGLADESH: The day will start with a interfaith community gathering and with a Peace March. 

KUTAPOLONG REFUGEE CAMP, BANGLADESH: A film by Nihab Rahman portraying Rohingya Refugee Children immersed in the message of peace and hope: http:///www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJztYzNogCM&feature=youtu.be

ISPP, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: The whole school from kindergarten to grade 12 together will write the lyrics of a song expressing our vision about peace. The school will be divided in 6 groups and each group will have 40 minutes to write about peace and humanity.

HONG-KONG, CHINA: Go to the Hong Kong Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for a prayer about world peace. Peace ambassadors: Students will promote the message of peace to the kindergartens through storytelling and arts and crafts. Arts and crafts activities for peace. All students of our school will join various programs to acknowledge the importance of this day.

NANJING, CHINA: Sept. 20 (Xinhua) – Nanjing, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) – China on Wednesday called on all countries, large or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, to behave as advocates, promoters, sympathizers and practitioners of peace. The Chinese Vice President, Wang Qishan, made the call during the opening ceremony of an International Peace Day event in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, east China. “The International Day of Peace represents good hope for world peace for all the people in the world,” Wang said. “The Chinese people, always a lover of peace, expect to pursue, maintain and enjoy peace with the peoples of other countries.” Wang also met with foreign guests who attended the event, including Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia, Ulziisaikhan Enkhtuvshin; the former president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sánchez; the former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin; the former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama; former Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as “Prachanda”; and the president of the National Regeneration Movement of Mexico, Yeidckol Polevnsky Gurwitz.

HYDERABAD, INDIA: Rendering of peace words and poem by youtube.

BHUBANESWAR, ODISHA, INDIA: Volunteers of National Oral Cancer Prevention Initiative, (NOCPI) in association with Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS) will meet and interact with public gathering and will sensitized them about the importance of their oral & systemic health and also their responsibilities in creation of peace in world.

SOHNA, GURUGRAM/GURGAON, INDIA: The Apeejay Stya University is organizing Poster Making and Discussion on World Peace Day under National Service Scheme.

CHANDIGARH, INDIA: Celebration of the Global Feast

SAHIBZADA AJIT SINGH NAGAR, PUNJAB, INDIA: Celebration of the Global Feast

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What has happened this year (2018) for the International Day of Peace?

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UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA: The program was organized on the occasion of International Peace Day under the chairmanship of District Basic Education Officer Rakesh Kumar. During this, the students were given information about the peace day. Nikhat Parveen District Scout Master District Training Commissioner and Dipinder Kaur District Guide Captain, Scout Guide at District Scout Guide Roti Warehouse campus and International Peace Day was celebrated with Divyang’s children. On this occasion, the Chief Guest was given the message of peace by making a sign of the Messenger of Peace by the District Basic Education Officer. On this occasion, the symbols of peace were allowed to fly into the open sky and the message of unity was given.

CHEMPAKAPARA, INDIA: This is how we celebrated the International Day of Peace. The Non-Violence Project Foundation, NOCER India, Goonj and Dharma Bharathi Mission jointly organised three community activities at Belmount School, Chempakapara (Idukki District – a district devastated by the recent landslide/flash-floods). The village community cleaned a pond, made a kitchen vegetable garden and a children’s park. More than 150 volunteers participated in the community activities and were rewarded with family kits consisting of food grains and general consumables.

RAIPUR, INDIA: Students of #RungtaInternationalSchool were on a full day visit to the four major religious places of #SmartCityRaipur . The Ram Mandir , The Church , The Masjid and the Gurudwara , The religious leaders of all these places spoke about the respective religious . Since most of the discord in the world is divided on religious lines , it’s imperative that we create a #religionofyouth which enables the next generation to understand and assimilate the essence and spirit of peace of all religions and respect them.

CHIBA, JAPAN: Troop 43, girl scouts of Japan hold an annual event for local girls and their supporters to realize peace and encourage to spread it out through the world.

YANGON, MYANMAR: Seminar

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: A mass Message Writing and Signature Campaign is being held on 21st September to as way of sending messages to Stop Sexual Abuse of children and adolescent girls ! 11 spots within Kathmandu, Nepal will have a long spread of cloth to gather messages and signature to come together and create collective against rape and sexual abuse !

KATHMANDU, NEPAL:> In coordination with the establishment this year of Namo Buddha: City of Peace, we from Kathmandu, Nepal today 21st Sept. are celebrating World Peace Day by walking by foot with a “talking” burning candle from Kathmandu to Namo Buddha nearly 65 km. With me are 11 other persons also participating with candles passing and lighting by devotees of Buddhists in different Bihars and Monasteries for three days)

WANGANUI, NEW ZEALAND: Video of the annual gathering for the International Day of Peace,at Handspan sculpture at Queens Park.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND: Members of the World Peace Bell New Zealand chapter and other community groups will gather at the Peace Bell and ring it in support of world peace.

PORIRUA, NEW ZEALAND: Porirua Hospital Chapel’s Annual Peace Day Celebration

KUMARA, NEW ZEALAND: Kumara Village of Peace community had a shared feast for peace’ at the community center with ‘Kites for Peace’ in the afternoon.

BAGH AZAD KASHMIR, PAKISTAN:
Peace walk

HAYATABAD, PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: Nowadays the message of peace becomes more valuable at a time when the country is facing uncertain political situation and terrorist activities.This event will aimed to educating students about the need for a peaceful society and to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in conflicts and also give the message of peace and hope.

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN:> Members of Worlds Children Peace Monument, Pakistan World Peace Daily and International Center For Environmental Arts are celebrating international peace day in Margalla National Park, Islamabad.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Open mic so participants can express themselves about the International Day of Peace in the Philippine context.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: The Peace-IPPNW Commission of the UP Medical Students for Social Responsibility presents Himig: an open mic (spoken word and acoustic) event, with the theme of “Peace and Human Rights”. Through this open mic, participants are given the opportunity to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression. Through poetry, prose and music, we aim to foster a sense of unity, and to strengthen and instill in our participants a yearning for peace in all its levels. 

JEJU-DO, SOUTH KOREA: 2018 International Day of Peace Celebration in Jeju ‘Fly for Peace’ : The Right to Peace-The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
Program:
– Human rights and Peace Booths, flea market to raise donation for refugees
– Celebration Opening, performance, speeches and presentation
– Jeju Peace exhibition and Ethiopia exhibition tour with docent, Human Rights film

SRI LANKA: TWR Lanka will be organizing a special FM radio discussion on the topic ‘Peace’ to be broadcasted via FM 94.3/ 94.5

SURAT THANI, THAILAND: Pyramid rise ecstatic dance

DILI, TIMOR-LESTE:> To celebrate peace day, we will march along the Beach Road (starting point: near Centro Supermarket; ending point: Unidade Policia Maritima). The march will be led by a percussion group. Then, we will continue with a concert in Unidade Policia Maritima, starting from 7pm. The concert will be filled with many young talented Timorese who will be singing various songs related to peace, and dancers dancing to different types of music. On this peace day, we are celebrating diversity! 

In addition to the above events, One Day One Choir lists participating choirs for the International Day of Peace in :
Australia (QUEENSLAND, TOWNSVILLE, MIDDLE SWAN,KATANNING, KADINA, ADELAIDE, MELBOURNE, CANBERRA, CONISTON, RUSE, SYDNEY, NELSON BAY, FORSTER, BELLINGEN, BALLINA, ARUNDEL, TOOWOOMBA, BRISBANE, MORETON, SUNSHINE COAST, BUNDABERG)
Bangladesh (KHULNA)
Brunei (PANAGA)
China (BEIJING, QINGDAO, PUDONG, GUANGZHOU, HONG KONG)
India (KOLKATA, CHENNAI, BANGALORE, MUMBAI, NEW DELHI, BIKANER)
Indonesia (JAKARTA)
Iran (KERMANSHAH, TEHRAN, LAHIJAN)
Japan (CANORA)
Malaysia (PETALING JAYA)
New Zealand (AUCKLAND, TAURANGA, UPPER HUTT, WELLINGTON, QUEENSTOWN)
Pakistan (RAHIM YAR KHAN, JATUI JANUBI, D G KHAN, MUZAFFARGARH, KHANEWAL, HASSAM WALA, LAYYAH, SAHIWAL, KASUR, NANKANA SAHIB, FAISALABAD, SARGODHA,HAFIZABAD, GUJRANWALA, NAROWAL, GUJRAT, DHAKKAR, ISLAMABAD, KOHAT, LAHORE, KARACHI)
Philippines (BENGUET, SIQUIJOR)
Singapore
South Korea (YEONGGI PROVINCE)
Sri Lanka (COLOMBO)
Thailand (BANGKOK, PHUKET)
Timor-Leste (DILI)
Vietnam (HANOI, HO CHI MINH CITY)

And the map of Montessori schools singing for peace on the International Day of Peace includes schools in:
Australia (QUEENSLAND, NEWCASTLE, BALMAIN, BEECHWORTH, NEW GISBORNE, SOUTH VIC, MCLAREN VALE, WEST SWAN)
Brunei (DARUSSALAM)
China (BEIJING, SHANGHAI, HANGZHOU ZHEIJANG, FUJIAN)
India (KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, DELHI, HYDERABAD, BANGALORE, COIMBATORE)
Indonesia (KUTA UTARA BALI, JAKARTA)
Japan (TOKYO, OSAKA)
Malaysia (SELANGOR)
Micronesia (PENIA WENO)
New Zealand (AUCKLAND, WAIKATO, TAURANGA, BAY OF PLENTY, GISBORNE, HAWKES BAY, TARANAKI, MANAWATU, LOWER HUTT, WELLINGTON, NELSON, TIMARU, WANAKA, ARROWTOWN, DUNEDIN)
Philippines (NUEVA ECIJA, DANAO CITY, MANILA)
Sri Lanka (DEHIWALA)
Thailand (MUKDAHAN, KHON KAEN, PHUKET)
Vietnam (HANOI, DANANG)

Ex-Soviet Countries: International Day of Peace

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A survey by CPNN

The following 71 events in 9 countries formerly part of the Soviet Union were listed in Google during the week of September 21-28 under the key words “Международный день мира” and “Міжнародний день миру”as well as “International day of peace”.


Participants of the action in Sverdlovsk launched balloons into the sky with white doves, on which were written the names of the deceased warriors of the Great Patriotic War.

We begin with articles from RUSSIA (in alphabetical order), followed by ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELORUS, GEORGIA, KAZAKHSTAN , KYRGYZSTAN, MOLDOVA and UKRAINE.

BASHKORTOSTAN, RUSSIA: Students of our college, Baskirsky College, together with the Youth Public Chamber at the State Assembly-Kurultai of the Republic of Bashkortostan, laid wreaths to the monument of the grieving mother in Victory Park, paying tribute to all those who lost their lives in local wars. This event is designed to unite the youth of Bashkortostan in patriotism, respect for the fallen and for a peaceful sky over our head.

BIRYULYA, ALTAI REPUBLIC, RUSSIA: The action “We are for Peace!” Was prepared by the pupils of the pre-school groups of the school No. 933 on Thursday, September 20. In anticipation of this event, the children talked with the psychologist Svetlana Bolotskikh about peace, and then the older children created a bright “Bird of Peace” with the help of appliqué. “Peace time is a blessing that enables us to live steadily: to study, work, create families, raise children,” said Svetlana Bolotskikh. -Svetlana also noted that on the day of the holiday no one was indifferent: even the smallest pupils of the pre-school department all together made a large drawing of the Earth, and then they stamped it with their handprints.

BOLSHAYA BALASHIXA, MOSCOW OBLAST, RUSSIA: On the eve of the International Day of Peace the Library Center “Yuzhny” offered its readers poetic information, which included collections of poems about good and peace, about friendship and love for the Motherland. Adults and children took part in the poetic marathon and in the choice of the poems, most vividly defining the theme of peace and mutual understanding. Samuel Marshak’s poem, which urges children to play not in war, but in peace, gained the greatest number of votes. The information hour in the library was joined by 18 people.

BOLSHAYA EKATERINOVKA, AKARSKY REGION, RUSSIA: In Bolshaya Ekaterinovka schoolchildren released into the sky the doves of peace. A single class hour was devoted to the International Day of Peace in a rural school on September 21. Students and teachers of the MOU-SOSH village of Bolshaya Ekaterinovka joined the action “Dove of Peace”. At the beginning of the event, there was a single class hour in the 1-11 grades of the school, which was led by the eighth-grader Veronika FEDINA, sixth grader Darya KAZARYAN and sixth grader Victoria PISARENKO. They told about the purpose of this action, read poetry about peace and white doves – the symbol of peace. In memory of those who died during wars, candles were lit and a minute of silence was declared. The pupils of primary classes made drawings “We are for peace on the whole planet.” The action ended with the release into the sky of colorful balloons with paper doves attached.

BUGULMA, TATARSTAN, RUSSIA: The mobile cultural center of the Centralized District Club System of Bugulma held a thematic event “The World Begins from Childhood” for the first-graders of School No. 3. Employees of the cultural center told the children about memorable dates, the history of their origin and their significance. Girls and boys played games for the knowledge of kind words and countries of the world. They painted our planet to give their drawings to family and close people. And at the end of the event all participants received flyers in honor of the significant dates and wished each other a peaceful sky over their heads, joy and happiness.

CHELYBINSK RUSSIA: In our lyceum (Licium 102 Chelybinsk) , we celebrated the International Day of Peace for the second year . Today we talked and sang about peace ! Hand over hand , under the sounds of bells of peace, reminding us that we have not been touched by war … And at the end of the holiday lyceum students of 8-11 classes have built a simple , but important word “PEACE” . Lyceum 5-7 classes lined up in the form of the Russian flag. The director of the lyceum Marina Leonidovna Oksenchuk, the deputy director for the Verkhovna Rada Larisa Stepanovna Lebedeva, Alexander Valerievich Kurochkin and the hosts of the holiday launched the white doves into the peaceful sky .

HASAVYURTOVSKY DISTRICT, DAGESTAN, RUSSIA: The libraries and preschool institutions of the Hasavyurtovsky district celebrated the International Day of Peace. In the libraries of settlements the lessons of peace were held, within the framework of the “We are for Peace” regional action, where the library leaders told the readers about the Day of Peace. The children rang the little bell so that its ringing made everyone think about how fragile our world is, which means that it must be protected. Multicolored balloons were released into the sky. In the rural libraries of Hamavurt, Kandauraul, Pokrovskoye, Temiraul, Pyatiletka, Boragan-gechu, Botashurt, there have been organized talks on peace.

IVANOVO, RUSSIA: Using Skype the students and teachers sang songs with teachers and students from other countries.

KAZAN, TATARSTAN, RUSSIA: More than 2,000 students of the Kazan Federal University took part in a large-scale flash mob. In the sky were launched white doves – the symbols of peace, as well as white and blue balloons.  

KAZAN, TATARSTAN, RUSSIA: In the house of culture “Peace” will be a holiday in honor of the International Day of Peace – “Let’s live in peace!”. The day-to-day activities of the United Nations to maintain peace and tranquility, to comprehend the existing world problems – that’s what the organizers of the event want to draw to the attention of children and parents. For the youngest members of the Peace Club there will also be organized a program where the children will draw the emblem of the “dove of peace” and understand the meaning of peace for each person.

KAZAN, TATARSTAN, RUSSIA: September 21 in the Gorkinsko-Ometyevsk Forest there will be a large-scale concert for the Day of Peace and Harmony. The holiday will begin at 15:00, the concert program with creative numbers – at 18:00. The territory of the event is the main stage for the participation of creative teams and music groups, student pop stars and foreign collectives, as well as a venue for the conduct of actions and entertainment for the city’s residents. The program of the concert includes a lot of activities, master classes and interactive venues for guests:
• master class on acting from the founder of the school of acting “Broadway”;
• a master class on painting from the artist Catherine Manko;
• Lecture “Travel as transformation” from the traveler and writer Renata Smirnova;
• Transformation game “Women’s Alchemy” from the female coach Kadria Gafarova;
• a collection of puzzle size 3×2 m, etc.
During the whole event, the “Postcard to a friend” platform will function, which will allow participants to send a postcard to anywhere in the world. It is also planned to hold a “Ethnoobjective” photocross for photographers. The event will end with a massive launch of balloons into the sky under the motto “We are peace!” The organizers of the Concert are the Regional Public Organization “The Academy of Creative Youth of the Republic of Tatarstan” with the support of the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan.

KOSTROMA, RUSSIA: Kostroma schoolchildren also joined the social movement for the International Day of Peace. Teachers of Gymnasium No. 28 held an open lesson for children on October Square. Why is peace and harmony so important to all who live on Earth? The answer to this question was learned today by students of lower grades. They independently made paper doves and gave them to people passing by.

KAMENSK-URALSKY, RUSSIA: September 21 in the central square of Kamensk-Uralsky will be the All-Russian patriotic action “Dove of Peace” for the second time in the history of our city. The action is dedicated to the International Day of Peace. Its main goal is to honor the memory of the veterans who defeated fascism in the Second World War. Participants in the action – schoolchildren and students, will launch white doves and balloons into the sky, thereby expressing gratitude to the front-line soldiers and workers of the rear and pay tribute to their immortal feat in the name of peace on earth. .The organizers of the event – the Center for Youth Policy of Kamensk-Uralsky invite residents of the city to become active participants of this event.

KARGAPOLSKY DISTRICT, KURGAN OBLAST, RUSSIA: On September 21, the International Day of Peace was held in all educational institutions and institutions of culture and art in the Kargapolsky district, together with volunteer units, secondary professional education institutions under the motto “The right to peace: the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. About 3000 children, teenagers, teachers and parents took part in the events. The children lit candles in memory of those who died defending the world, thinking about “What is Peace?”, “Why do we celebrate the Day of Peace?”. A minute of silence passed, at the end of which white doves, a symbol of peace, were released. More than 80 events were held: Peace Bell, We for Peace, Dove of Peace, We Are for Peace on the World, information watch cycles “Together for Peace: Respect, Security and Dignity for All”, ” Day of Peace “,” The world needs everyone “, drawings competitions on asphalt” Let there always be a sun “,” My happy planet “,” Peace to my house “, game programs” Journey on human rights “,” All right to know about the right ” “Children for Peace on Earth”, sports competitions.

KURGAN, RUSSIA: In “Secondary school №52”  students together with the volunteer detachment “Generation NEXT” (the head of the detachment – the teacher of history, social science Lusnikova Nelli Anatolievna) joined the Action “Dove of Peace.” Before the school, a flashmob “Peace Dove” was held in support of peace – a massive one-time launch of helium balloons with white paper doves attached along with Dunaevsky’s song “Fly, doves, fly.” On the same day, within the framework of the action, students of 9th grade of our school, participants of the volunteer squad “Generation NEXT” Egor I. and Maxim R. took part in the international video conference “Partnership of sister schools” in the framework of the international children’s and youth movement. Among the participants of the video conference were representatives of the Russian Embassies in Algeria, Azerbaijan, Serbia, the Lugansk People’s Republic, etc. The participants of the conference discussed issues of preservation and transfer of historical and cultural heritage, respect and development of friendly relations between peoples. 

KETOVO, KURGAN OBLAST,RUSSIA: On September 21, the International Day of Peace was held in the Ketovo Children and Youth Center. In the framework of patriotic education, the action “Dove of Peace” was held, conversations “What is Peace” were held, the students of the center made doves from paper, drew drawings on the theme “World Peace”, and the dance group “Mirage” organized a flash-mob.

MIASS, CHELYABINSK REGION, RUSSIA: Elementary school students cut out white paper doves as the symbol of Peace. Students in grades 1-3 decorated their classrooms with them, and the fourth graders also painted by themselves. Let the sky be peaceful forever, let there be no war ever!

MOLZHANINOVSKY, RUSSIA: In Molzhaninovsky, they will hold a thematic event “Peace in the World” timed to coincide with the International Day of Peace. As reported in the administration of the municipal district Molzhaninovsky, the holiday will be arranged on Saturday, September 22. The event will be held in the district administration located on the street 4th Novoselki, 2. The beginning at 11.30. Admission is free for all comers.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Near the walls of the Victory Museum on Poklonnaya Hill on September 21, 2018 as part of the “Dove of Peace” campaign there will be a flashmob dedicated to the international day of peace About 500 students from various schools in the capital will release balloons with attached paper doves to the sky. It is specified that for participants in the flashmob there will be adistribution of St. George ribbons, which you can take as a memory or tie to your dove. After the flashmob during the whole working day of the museum it will be possible to support the action by attaching a paper dove to the special construction “Dove of Peace” at the entrance to the building.

NEKRASOVKA, RUSSIA: Nekrasovka will celebrate the International Day of Peace with a concert, “The Stars Are Lighting At Us,” in the recreation center “Zarechie”. For the guests of our House of Culture the leading amateur art groups will perform, which after the summer break has already started creativity, – explained the art director of the institution Elena Andrukhan. The concert will begin at 18.00. The ticket price is 200 rubles.

NOVOKOSINO DISTRICT, MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Within the framework of the holiday, a thematic action “We are for Peace!” was organized at school № 2128 on September 21. According to the deputy director of the school Oksana Varchenko, the event has a strong message – to bring to people the danger and the ruinous nature of wars. Under the guidance of teachers there were organized class watches, promotions and exhibitions.

NOVOURALSK, RUSSIA: In our school, Novouralsk School No. 2, there was a single class hour “Spirituality Hour: Dove of Peace . ” Class leaders on a class watch spoke with children about the importance of preserving peace on planet Earth . Pupils of each class made doves and designed a large school panel “September 21 – International Day of Peace!”. On the same day, pupils of the 5th class held a rally and launched white balloons with paper doves and wishes of peace throughout the world. Help in organizing and holding the action “Dove of Peace” was provided by an individual businessman Nikolai Korchagin .

PETROZAVODSK, RUSSIA: In educational organizations, class hours will be held: “The world needs everyone”, “How to celebrate the Day of Peace in different countries”, “The history of the birth of the symbol” Dove of Peace “,” If you are kind … “, drawings and posters. Students of the school № 25 on the cinema club will remember about Samantha Smith, they will talk about the history of her life. And the smallest schoolchildren will make white cranes, the press service of the mayor’s office of the Karelian capital reports. On September 21 at 12:30 on the territory of the square near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral an ecological action “For the sake of peace” will be held to plant trees with the participation of representatives of national public associations. In the ethnocultural center of the Karelian people, “The House of Men” on the street. Working, 9-a, will be a meeting of the Council of National Public Associations.

REVDA, SVERDLOVSK OBLAST, RUSSIA: On September 20 and 21, single hours of spirituality dedicated to the International Day of Peace were held at the IAOU Euroimgnasia. Lecture groups (junior and senior staff) of the Unarmy Detachment “Patriot” told the gymnasium students about the history of the holiday and about such a symbol of peace as the World Bell, cast from coins, which was gathered by children from 60 countries. We recalled the most famous symbol, the author of which was the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso – a white dove, holding an olive branch in his beak. The meaning of the word “tolerance” was discussed. At the end of the hour of spirituality, the lecturers gave the Euro-Ginamists paper white doves, so that, by writing the wishes of the world to the inhabitants of the planet Earth, they presented these little symbols to their relatives, relatives and passers-by on the streets of the city. Fifth-graders participated in the city action “Dove of Peace”, at which patriotic associations and volunteer detachments of educational organizations of the city, representatives of city veterans’ organizations gathered near the monument to Soldiers of the Internationalists. After the words of honorary guests of the event, the boys simultaneously released into the sky white balloons with white paper doves attached to them. White balloons carried away the names of deceased participants of the Great Patriotic War and the workers of the rear who devoted their lives to defending their native Motherland and establishing peace on the planet Earth.

ROSHAL, MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA: On September 21, 2013, an event dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held in the KDOU “Kindergarten No. 1”. Today the students of the senior speech therapy group together with the Authorized Kupriyanova TV and the tutor Burukhina LB organized an integrated educational activity dedicated to this important day. We devoted the hour of the world to realize once again that the future lies in the hands of children, and from the very childhood we must learn to live together, understand each other and protect a fragile peace. The children painted the application of a dove (the symbol of peace) on the subject of the lesson.

SARATOV DISTRICT, RUSSIA On the International Day of Peace, the Saratov Historical and Patriotic Complex “Museum of Combat and Labor Glory” presented an exhibition of a painting by artist Alexei Krasnov – “Shaolin Square”. In the picture, the artist painted the square of the Shaolin monastery in anticipation of receiving guests. In 2018, Alexei Gennadievich Krasnov was on a creative expedition in China, where he made many paintings about life in the Shaolin Monastery. He became the first Russian artist invited by the rector of the monastery Shi Yong-xing to popularize the values ​​of the Shaolin monastery around the world in the language of painting.

SMOLENSK, RUSSIA: Photos of students at the MBOU School #33 releasing balloons of peace.

SIMFEROPOL, CRIMEA, RUSSIA: Within the framework of the celebration of the Day of Peace, a mini-exhibition of the puppets of the peoples of Russia in national traditional costumes made by the students of the Department of Decorative Arts, the Faculty of the History of Arts, the Crimean Tatar language and the literature of the Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical University is presented in the SB RK “Crimean Tatar Museum of Cultural and Historical Heritage”.

SATKINSKY, CHELYABINSK REGION, RUSSIA: The rehabilitation center of the Satkinsky Municipal District hosted events dedicated to the International Day of Peace. On September 22, the students of the center, under the guidance of teachers Tatyana Kuznetsova and Nadezhda Utenkova, visited the city square of Slava, the city of Bakal, where they remembered the heroic deeds of fellow countrymen and laid flowers to the obelisk to soldiers who died during the Great Patriotic War. On September 23, the teacher-organizer Irina Varakina and tutor Tatyana Kuznetsova conducted an entertaining game program “I’m for peace in the whole world” for the inmates of the center , during which the guys fought with swords, participated in the quiz, guessed riddles, discussed the problems of our time – the most important of which is the fight against terrorism. A pupil of the center, Igor P., shared his impressions after the program : “I myself now tried to fight with swords, as Russian soldiers fought. Russian swords are a great weapon. But it is better to live in peace with everyone! ”

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ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA: September 21, within the framework of the Second Eurasian Forum in the Peter and Paul Fortress, an action was held timed to the International Day of Peace. Representatives of St. Petersburg public organizations and guests of the Forum took part in the event. The participants of the action paid a minute of silence to the memory of victims of violence, wars and terrorism. Then, addressing the assembled women, the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko, made a speech. She noted that it is women leaders who are always at the forefront and are distinguished by a special strength of spirit, intellectual spiritual potential. They make a great contribution to the development of the person’s personality and the renewal of the world.A concert was held at the Cathedral Square, which clearly showed how people of different nationalities are getting along in Russia. Guests of the holiday could hear Udmurt songs, see traditional dances of Ossetians, Koryaks, Georgians and other peoples. The action ended with a symbolic action – the participants of the event released doves into the sky over Petersburg.

TAGANROG, ROSTOV OBLAST, RUSSIA: Young volunteers of our school (Tag 21) conducted “линейки” for students of the primary school. Traditionally, the celebration of this Day begins at the Peace Bell. The students of our school joined the World Action. Our bell is small, but its ringing will make everyone think: how fragile our world is, and therefore it must be protected! This is our voice of memory, peace and joy.

SVERDLOVSK REGION, RUSSIA: Residents of the Sverdlovsk region took part in the action “Dove of Peace” in the framework of the International Day of Peace. September 21, Participants of the action launched balloons into the sky with white doves, on which were written the names of the deceased warriors of the Great Patriotic War. The deputy director of the regional center of patriotic education, Galina Yakovleva, said that this event is aimed at expressing solidarity to all people and showing that we are for peace. In Yekaterinburg pupils of schools and students of universities and colleges joined the action.  Participating towns included Serov, Krasnouralsk, Kamensk-Uralsky, Revda and other cities and towns in the region, according to the “Official website of the government of the Sverdlovsk region” .

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA: On September 21, the International Day of Peace, Volgograd residents will be able to help homeless people by giving unneeded clothing, in the framework of the third citywide action “Shade in the Window”. As the representatives of the charity organization Caritas-Volgograd said, they chose this name because the lampshade in the window for all of us is a symbol of a cozy family evening and a peaceful life. Volunteers plan to attract the attention of citizens to people who have no shelter.  Within the framework of the event, all comers will be able to show creative activity and  solidarity  with people left without a home: draw “their window” or make a selfie or photo in the window frame, and find a good neighbor-interlocutor. The action “Shade in the Window” will begin at 4 pm on the square in front of the entrance to the Catholic Church of St. Nicholas, which is located in the Central District of Volgograd.

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA: MOU kindergarten No. 96 of Krasnooktyabrsky district of Volgograd is preparing to celebrate the International Day of Peace.  It is very useful and important to talk with children about the most important thing – about the world on the planet. Children will know where this holiday came from, get acquainted with its symbols. The future is in the hands of children. It is necessary to teach children to live together, understand each other and protect a fragile peace.

OLOKONOVKA, BELGOROD REGION, RUSSIA: at 7 Pionerskaya Street, Skype sessions were held with students and educators around the world with peace messages and discussion about what peace means for you personally. Other activities included singing a song about peace in Russian and in English, making origami doves as a symbol of peace, making a paper peace chain, Peace wordsearch and a Peace cycle race.

VORONEZH, RUSSIA: A single hour of spirituality “Dove of Peace”, timed to the International Day of Peace, was organized in the educational institutions of Voronezh.. Dozens of general education schools, kindergartens, as well as institutions of additional education joined the mass patriotic flash mob. In the kindergarten of General Education No. 157, the event was prepared in advance: the pupils themselves cut dove figurines out of paper, and at home together with their parents wrote the names of their grandmothers and grandfathers who participated and died in the Great Patriotic War, and also worked these years in the rear.

YAMAL-NENETS AUTONOMOUS DISTRICT, RUSSIA On the International Day of Peace the first-year students of the Kurgan State University and the staff of the representative office of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District will tell about the international ecological expedition to the island of Velkitsky. Also, the students will be presented with the international forum-festival of youth “We are for Peace in the World”, which is held annually in Bulgaria.

YEREVAN, ARMENIA: The International Day of Peace celebrations in school № 194 on September 21 included singing, dancing, and artwork for the students, followed by a presentation to teachers about peacemaking activities. We organized two competitions for students on the theme “I am drawing peace.” About 10 participants from ages 8 to 12 painted on paper, and about 150 participants from ages 6 to 12 drew with colored chalks on the pavement in front of the school.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN: The International Museum of Peace marked the International Day of Peace in Baku, September 21. In connection with this, on the joint initiative of the Azerbaijan carpet museum and the Sabail district of YAP (The New Azerbaijan Party, Yeni Azərbaycan Partiyası) on September 14 in the conference hall of the museum a conference was held, the purpose of which was to educate the younger generation about the significance of the International Day of Peace, celebrated on September 21. The participants of the event got acquainted with the exhibition of children’s works on the theme “Peace – Peace!”, Organized by the Children’s Museum Department in the foyer of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum. The children’s choir “Banovsha” named after Afsar Javanshirova of the Azerbaijan State Television and Radio made a concert at the event. The event ended in front of the Azerbaijani carpet museum, where children launched white pigeons and colorful balloons symbolizing the world.

BARANOVICHI DISTRICT, BELORUS:Today, the International Day of Peace, the action “Child of Peace” was held at the “Stolovichi Secondary School” of the Baranovichi District wirh he chairman of the regional organization of the Belarusian Peace Foundation.

BOBRUISK, BELORUS: A music and entertainment program “DETSKOKE” dedicated to the Day of Peace was held on September 22, 2018 for children of the State Institution “The Palace of Arts of Bobruisk”. Clowns had fun with the children at the disco, held dance contests, interesting and fascinating games, sports relay races, in which the children were pleased to participate.

BREST, BELORUS: This year, the traditional event in support of the International Day of Peace – “Day of Peace in Brest 2018” will take place with the organization and effective support of the Brest Regional Center for the Olympic Rowing Reserve. The participant needs to purchase a lamp in advance in order to float it on the “alley of peace”. The lighting time is at 20:00. Within the framework of the event, there will be a concert with participation of both young performers and already known in our city vocalists and dance groups, For the first time in the history of this event, an hour-long youth disco is planned to be run by our young radio host, performer Dmitry Nogovitsyn, starting at 20:15.

GANTSEVICHI, BELORUS: On this day, the workers of the cinema “Maladossi” held an action, where the children wrote wishes on paper doves. These birds, which are symbols of peace, were attached by schoolchildren to balloons and released into the sky.

GORODOK, VITEBSK, BELORUS:The School of Peace, the first in the Vitebsk region, opened today in Gorodok on the initiative of the regional branch of the Belarusian Peace Foundation, with the support of local authorities, and is located on the basis of secondary school №1. This initiative is implemented in the republic through the regional and regional branches of the Belarusian Peace Foundation. Schools of peace have already been set up in the Gomel region, in Minsk, and it would be wrong if it were not organized in the Vitebsk region, which suffered badly during the Great Patriotic War. Gradually, they will appear in other parts of the region. So, Miory, Glubokoe, Sharkovshina have already shown interest. The opening of the school took place in the framework of the international gathering of young envoys of the world, which was organized in Vitebsk for the first time and united the children of Gorodokhshchina, Shumilinshchina and the town of Dedenevo in the Moscow region. The site was the health camp “Orion” in the village of Kabishche. From September 20 to 22 schoolchildren from Belarus and Russia exchanged opinions and lived a rich social life. It is symbolic that the events took place on September 21 – the International Day of Peace.

VOLKOVYSK, GRODNO REGION, BELARUS: Of course, our gymnasium can not but take part in the actions that are taking place this day around the world. Our “Cranes of the World” are the traditional ones, which children make themselves and give out to passers-by near the shops, in order to remind people again that peace is important for children on the planet.

ABKHASIA, GEORGIA Organized by the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and suported by the Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” the conference “The word existed first- Journalism of War and Peace” was held at Betsy’s Hotel. An exhibition of IDPs (internally displaced persons) from Abkhazia dedicated to the International Day of Peace were held at the Betsy’s Hotel, as well. At the end of the conference participants received the appeal of Abkhazian colleagues.

KAZAKHSTAN: The celebration of the International Day of Peace in the State Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Crimean Tatar Museum of Cultural and Historical Heritage” is held to draw visitors’ attention to the day-to-day activities of the UN to maintain peace and tranquility on our planet, to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and between nations and peoples. At the stand for visitors will be posted information about this holiday, which is very important for people around the world. At the mini-exhibition puppets will be presented in national traditional costumes of some peoples of the world, reflecting their culture, traditions and history.

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN: Writing from School-gymnasium No. 63, on September 21, in Bishkek, Victory Square hosted an event timed to the International Day of Peace. During the holiday, the action “Dove of Peace” was held, in which labor veterans, participants of armed conflicts, students and schoolchildren, including our students, took part. The participants stood with balloons, which, as planned, were launched into the sky. Of course, for some of us, peace is an everyday reality. Our streets are calm, our children go to school. Where the foundations of society are strong, the priceless gift of peace can not be particularly noticed by anyone.

TRANSNISTRIA, MOLDOVA: The first large-scale action to the Day of Peace in Transnistria was held by the youth organization Zvezda. The column passed from the boulevard. Yuri Gagarin to the square. A. Suvorov. On the occasion of the holiday, a drawing contest took place in the capital’s square. At the end of the action, dozens of white doves – a symbol of peace – were released into the sky.

ELIZAVETOVKA, UKRAINE: To draw the attention of the pupils of our school and their parents to the theme of peace on the whole Earth, volunteers from the organization “Memory” will introduce students to this date. Throughout the day at the school, students and parents will receive the emblems of white doves.

KAMENSKOYE, UKRAINE: Kamenskaya secondary school No. 31 is annually attached to the celebration of this holiday. On Friday, September 21, the leaders of the student’s self-government organized and held for the schoolchildren the “Song Opening Day of Peace” and a dance flash mob “Children of the World – for Peace!”.

KHARKIV, UKRAINE: The International Day of Peace was celebrated In the park Kvitki-Osnovyanenko.

KIEV, UKRAINE: On the morning of September 21, the action “Peace and Unity for Ukraine!” Was held on the square at the National Museum of History of Ukraine in World War II. One of the integral actions of the Day of Peace, beginning in 1986, is the symbolic Peace Procession initiated by Indian peacemaker Sri Chinmoy. The event was attended by more than 2,000 people who honored the memory of those who died in Afghanistan with the laying on of flowers.The procession column was opened by a brass band with a banner, followed by cadets, military and children’s dance groups in embroideries. Mass performance with dancing accompanied by live music became the main part of the program. The square itself was decorated with blue and yellow balloons and flags of Ukraine, and the final of the celebration was the launch of hundreds of balloons into the sky, as a symbol of faith in a peaceful future.

KIEV, UKRAINE: In Kiev, the International Day of Peace was celebrated. The organizers of the rally were warned that provocations were possible after yesterday’s heated clashes with the police under the walls of the Verkhovna Rada. Participants gathered at 10 o’clock in the morning at the monument to teachers and students of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, who died during the Great Patriotic War. They included members of the public movement “The Power of Good” , the Kyiv City Organization of Veterans, the Anti-Fascist Forum, the Union of Ukrainian Officers and other public organizations. They unfurled a large poster with the inscription “Not good in strength, but in goodness of strength”, thus declaring the peaceful nature of the event and calling for non-violence and an end to the war. In the hands of the participants were white balls with the image of the dove of the world and red carnations. Opening the rally, the chairman of the Kiev city veteran organization Nikolay Martynov said: “Ukraine is tired of the war. We must grow bread, build factories and plants, raise children and grandchildren, and not send them to the slaughterhouse. We want to listen to melodic Ukrainian songs, and not to flinch from the rumble of shells and the whistle of bullets. Tamara Grabovaya , the chairman of the Kyiv city organization of the All-Ukrainian Union of Women Workers said “We, Ukrainian mothers, do not want our children to die. Let the war end!”

KURAKHIV, UKRAINE: September 22, when the whole world celebrates the International Day of Peace, the Kurakhiv city center of culture and leisure held a city action, a thematic program “I want to live without war!”. All educational and preschool institutions, creative collectives and simply residents of Kurakhovo took part in it.

MARAZLIEVSKOY, UKRAINE: Schoolchildren of the Marazlievskoy community took part in a flash mob “We are for peace” The pupils of the lower grades lined up in the shape of a heart in whose center was the Ukrainian flag. In addition, the school conducted an educational lesson on the topic “We want to live in peace” and the a clsss hour “Peace on Earth.”

ODESSA, UKRAINE On the Day of Peace on the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, a bright flash mob was held with the participation of schoolchildren, cadets, members of the public and clergy. The organizers are the Odessa Regional Council of Peace. The event was timed to coincide with the 16th anniversary of the proclamation of the International Day of Peace. More than 500 flashmob participants marched from Dumskaya Square along Primorsky Boulevard to the monument to Duke de Richelieu. On the Potemkin Stairs, students, cadets, members of the public lined up, forming the word “Peace”, and performed the Prayer for Peace. A concert took place in the square, during which the artistic collectives of the city presented the dances of different nations of the world.

(Note: the following cities are claimed by the Ukraine, but have declared their independence as the Donetsk People’s Republic or the Lugansk People’s Republic.)

DONETSK, UKRAINE: The ethno-restaurant “Yo-Moe” invites all residents and guests of the city of Donetsk to celebrate the good and truly bright holiday of the “International Day of Peace” wth peace contests, “light” gifts and a mood of peace and good fun. September 21 starting at 18:00.
You are invited.

DONETSK, UKRAINE: Russian performers Alexander Buynov, Tatiana Lipnitskaya (Bianca), Olga Kormukhina and the band City 312 will perform in Donetsk on September 20 for the International Day of Peace . The concert will take place on the main square of the capital – Lenin Square.  The concert is organized with the assistance of the Russian Center.

KRAMATORSK, UKRAINE: September 21 in honor of the International Day of Peace at the central park  A. Pushkin, a mass flash mob was organized by students of Kramatorsk. The guys in white T-shirts with the logo of the 150th anniversary of Kramatorsk danced very brightly and vigorously, and in the end they congratulated the city on Happy Birthday! As it was, you can look in our small video, and if you want to see the flashmob live and completely, then you come to the central square of the city on September 22, at 17-00!

STANITSA-LUGANSK, UKRAINE: In Luganskaya Stanitsa, the International Day of Peace was celebrated. This was reported by the press service of the Lugansk Regional Military District. Talented artists and collectives of cities and districts of the region, international partners, people’s masters of Ukraine – Anzhelika Rudnitskaya, Olga Nesterenko, Maria Kononova, Nikita Gross and the group took part in the festive event “Peace and Unity Day” under the slogan “Stanitsa-Lugansk – Ukraine”. “GG Walk the City.”

In addition to the above events, One Day One Choir lists participating choirs for the International Day of Peace in :
Armenia (DILIJAN)
Russia (TYUMEN, VORONEZH, MOSCOW)

And the map of Montessori schools singing for peace on the International Day of Peace includes schools in:
Kazakhstan (ALMATY)
Russia (MOSCOW, YAROSLAVL, KOROLYOV in MOSCOW DISTRICT)
Ukraine (KHARKIV, KIEV)