The International Day of Peace, or as it is often titled, World Peace Day occurs on September 21st every year. This day is officially dedicated to world peace, and the elimination of war and violence. The day was established in 1981 by the United Nations as a way to bring world attention to the constant ongoing state of violent conflict and humanitarian abuses that occur every day and marks the opening session of the UN General Assembly.
Why should parents and teachers carry out activities for International Peace Day?
If we don't teach our children that peace is better than war and violence, we are doomed to a world in which hate and bigotry prevail. Chris Hedges in his article What Every Person Should Know About War gives the following statistics:
Out of the last 3400 years, the world has been at peace for 268 years.
In the 20th century alone, 108 million people have been killed in war. He defines war as any conflict killing more than 1000 people.
Over 30 wars are going on right now.
On the face of it it looks helpless...
Education and International Peace Day
Often it feels like only a few voices cry out for peace. But education can make a difference. Education can increase the number of voices crying for peace. We can teach children to be global citizens rather than insular nationalists by exposing them to peoples and cultures from around the world. We can teach children about past wars, and how they did not solve the problems they were fought to solve. We can teach children to be empathetic to the victims of violence and war.
Resources and Activities for International Peace Day
Here is list of activities for teachers and parents.
On September 21st at noon hold a moment of silence and pray for peace.
We offer books, activities, lesson plans, and ideas that teachers, parents, and students can use to promote values, attitudes and behaviors which encourage non-violent resolution of conflict, respect for human rights, democracy, intercultural understanding and tolerance.