School's Peace Week 2016

   

   

Schools’ Peace Week 2016 was a fantastic success with our best ever participation numbers – 264 schools and thousands of students from across the globe participated! We had schools in New Zealand, Pakistan, China, the USA, Jordan and New Caledonia participating. The theme this year was ‘Dialogues for Peace’ and the activities that schools and students took part in were diverse, colourful and inspiring. We had schools painting peace banners, writing peace poems, sharing peace artworks with students in other countries, skype calling students in other countries, folding paper cranes, writing to members of parliament about peace issues, among many other activities.
 
Lucy Stewart, Youth Programmes Coordinator at The Peace Foundation says, "The goal of Schools' Peace Week is to promote peace education and foster peaceful schools, students and communities. Our event provides a platform for students and teachers to explore peace issues and initiatives, and is a positive opportunity for them to get involved in creating a peaceful atmosphere around them."
 
Schools’ Peace Week Ambassador, Dean Shippey, of ‘Find Her Smile’, says, "It is an absolute privilege to be invited to be an ambassador for this year's School Peace Week. As an organisation that targets youth, we know as well as anybody that this is in fact where the power lies. The youth are the future of this world. Therefore, educating and encouraging them to be advocates for peace and justice while still at a young age will ensure that they grow up to be world changers."
 
About Schools’ Peace Week
The Peace Foundation New Zealand (based in Auckland), started Schools' Peace Week in 2000, as our contribution to the United Nations Decade of the Child, to educate people of the consequences of nuclear war and to campaign for a world of nuclear weapons. The date of Schools’ Peace Week commemorates Hiroshima Day on 6 August, and Nagasaki Day on 9 August. The event has become increasingly popular in New Zealand and abroad each year and students are engaged in various activities, which promote peaceful practices in our schools and communities. By making small changes we are able to empower people to create a safe world based on justice and human rights as well as to build a sustainable environment and peaceful relationships. This year Schools' Peace Week was held from Monday 8th August to Friday 12th August (Week 2, Term 3, 2016 NZ).

Here are a couple of great articles about Schools' Peace Week in the media:
1. http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/82979546/st-teresas-school-p...
2. http://tearaway.co.nz/schools-peace-week-global-event-need-part/
3. http://www.unfoldzero.org/schools-peace-week-august-6-12/
4. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1604/S00394/schools-peace-week-2016-dia...
5. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1608/S00080/schools-peace-week-2016-lau...

Videos:

1. Schools' Peace Week Symposium Video

2. Schools Peace Week Information Video

 
Photos:
 
1. World Learning Grammar School – Karachi, Pakistan. Students folding paper cranes to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
2. World Learning Grammar School – Karachi, Pakistan. Students folding paper cranes to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
3. Peace artworks and poems – St Cuthbert’s College, New Zealand
4. Westlake Girls High School, New Zealand. Students folding paper cranes to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
5. Westlake Girls High School, New Zealand. Peace Pledges.
6. St Cuthbert’s College, New Zealand. Lucy Stewart, Youth Programmes Coordinator, addressing Year 13 students.
7. St Cuthbert’s College, New Zealand. Peace Foundation team and St Cuthbert’s students after presentation on nuclear disarmament

 

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