Peace Day: Promoting Peace, Understanding and Reconciliation

Foundation Update

Peace Day: Promoting Peace, Understanding and Reconciliation

23 Feb 2015

The United Nations International Peace Day, 21 September, is one of the most anticipated days for students in our global education programme, Face to Faith. And this past year proved no exception. Once again we were able to collaborate with the non-profit Peace One Day to spread the messages of peace, understanding and reconciliation.

We challenged students to devise activities and events that encouraged their communities to focus on the idea of peace and what it means to them. We also arranged a week of videoconferences and blogging to offer opportunities for students to dialogue about peace – their hopes and frustrations, their inspirations and beliefs about understanding and living with those who are different to themselves.

Students all over the world took up the challenge, from across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America.

Students all over the world took up the challenge. Students from across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America mobilised over 200,000 people through their events and campaigns. These events saw young people organise flash mobs, peace talks, dances, sports events, storytelling, bell-ringing and parades – all for peace. One of schools in Quetta, Pakistan, held a ground-breaking event for the region that brought together religious leaders from different sects and traditions for dialogue about peace – the first of its kind in the city.

All of these events were entered into our Peace Day competition and we are delighted to announce that Jeremy Gilley, the founder of Peace One Day, was able to select winners in three categories: biggest event, most creative event and best dialogue with difference event.

1. Biggest Event

For the biggest event, the winner is Mahatma Montessori School CBSE, Tamil Nadu, in India. They held multiple events involving 40,000 members of their community making peace pledges, crafts for peace, letters to the community and to spread messages of peace to ten people each. They also decorated a bus with peace signs. 

Watch the Video:

Peace mega event by 3000+ students by Mahatma CBSE

 

Thank you message from Jeremy Gilley:

F2F Thank You Message Largest Event

2. Most Creative Event

In the category of most creative event, the winner is De La Salle School in The Philippines. This school arranged an art competition that was judged by prominent local artists, which then resulted in an exhibition for the local community and finally the winning pieces of art were made into postcards and sold to the community.

Watch the Video:

PEACE of ART | De La Salle Zobel School

 

Thank you message from Jeremy Gilley:

F2F Thank You Message Most Creative Event

3. Best ‘Dialogue with Difference’ Event

Our winner for 'Dialogue with Difference' was DRV DAV Centenary Public School, Philaur in India. The students from this school rode their bikes into nearby villages and engaged with the communities, having conversations about peace, tolerance and understanding.

Watch the Video:

peace day transcript in English

 

Thank you message from Jeremy Gilley:

F2F Thank You Message Dialogue with Difference Event