The following was posted by Stephen Loosley (Melbourne, Australia) to the
Oz-Teachers Discussion List. It may provide a broader context for 9/11
Perth, Western Australia
This UN invitation today may be of interest ...
> From: "Ed Kabatsky" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2004 5:25 AM
Subject: International Day of Peace
" Individuals can make a difference and if each of us did our bit,
collectively we will make a major contribution." United Nations
Secretary-General Kofi Annan, speaking in support of International
Day of Peace.
On behalf of Pathways to Peace, a non-governmental organization, we invite
your school to observe the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2004.
The International Day of Peace started 22 years ago. Its purpose, as stated
in the original UN General Assembly resolution, is
"[...T]o devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United
Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to
promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their
commitment to peace in all viable ways... [The International Day of Peace]
should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace
both within and among all nations and peoples."
This day offers an inportant opportunity for individual schools to become
part of a worldwide observation. We encourage you and your students to start
planning for this exciting day.
Suggestions to help you in your planning:
Observe a minute of silence at 12 noon,
Plant a tree,
Schedule an assembly with a peace theme
Hold a conflict resolution workshop
Ring a bell for peace
Here is an example we received from a teacher in the Czech Republic:
"...students will bring their own small bells and together with the school
bell will ring them three times. Then a discussion will follow. The
discussion will be focused on the importance of peace and the contribution
of our country to the rest of the world. We will stress the values of
solidarity, tolerance, and understanding among cultures."
And another from a teacher in Romania:
"We'll keep a moment of silence for peace. An exhibition of drawings with
the theme of peace will be organized and students from different levels will
talk about peace in Balkans, in Europe and all over the world. A
questionnaire will be given to pupils to find out their opinions about what
chance they think peace has in a world of violence and wars. The results
will be discussed with the students."
Two International Day of Peace celebrations will take place at the UN: one
for youth on 17 September and one on 21 September for the ringing of the UN
Peace Bell. Both events will be webcast on Cyberschoolbus. More details on
the how to access the webcasts will be posted in a couple weeks.
Please send photos, videos, and any media coverage of your event to Pathways
to Peace. They will be documenting celebrations on the International Day of
Peace that take place around the world. You can write to Pathways to Peace
at: PO Box 1057, Larkspur, CA 94977 or email them at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to contact your local media to cover
your event so that others in your community learn about your efforts.
As the Secretary General said, individuals can make a difference and here
is an opportunity.
Please forward this invitation to students, teachers, and other schools that
may want to participate in this day.