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2013 Peace and Cooperation School Award
an article by Peace and Cooperation NGO

Peace and Cooperation and the World Association of Early Childhood Educators (AMEI- WAECE) invite students and teachers from around the world to engage in Creativity for Peace. Our School Award of 2013 Creativity for Peace would preferably be of interest for your organization if your objective is to promote culture for peace as well as working for non-violence for the children of the world.

Poster author Razma Bluzmane, 13 years old, Georgia, (c) Little ART

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Peace and Cooperation is a non-governmental organization located in Madrid. The organization was founded in 1982, and since then the organization has had the goal to promote a movement of non-violence and creativity, with the aim to build a world of solidarity. The main priority of the organization is thus to build a peaceful planet. In order to achieve their goal, the main focus for Peace and Cooperation is human rights, solidarity actions, disarmament, development and global peace education.

The Peace and Cooperation School Award is an initiative to spread global awareness concerning various issues and themes with the aim to unite the world. The School Awards reaches out to youth and schools across the world enabling them to explore various issues and theme which inspires youth to use their creativity as a method for peace and cooperation.

Each year the organization presents various themes, for example past themes have been Sport as the Key to understanding in 2012, and Peace and Reconciliation: A Celebration of Friendship in 2011. This year our campaign is Art as a Universal Language: Creativity for Peace. Art as creativity for peace inspires youth across the world to use their creativity as cooperation. The School Award of 2013 contest includes all different forms of art to bring out the peacemaking artist in everyone. Uniting the world through creativity is a step towards universal peace where art is a way to spread knowledge, understanding and cooperation.

Click here for more information, including rules for the contest.


Question(s) related to this article:

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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Latest reader comment:

Yes, the arts do create a basis for a culture of peace.
The question I would raise is where are the visual artists who have produced a Guernica like painting of Felluja? Paintings last longer than photographs which are too often fleeting.
Do the poets against the war meet annually?
I caught a bit of an interesting tv show which featured world class artists such as Wole Soyinka speaking in Israel/Palestine about ways to further the peace movement there. Did anyone else see the entire show?
I hope a local Peace Day could emulate the UN opening ceremony .

This report was posted on May 9, 2013.