February 2009
Issue 7
Peace Signs
monthly e-newsletter from Peaceful Schools International
In This Issue
PSI in Sierra Leone
A New Library
"Whole Village" Project
Promise Book
Valentine Project
Kawaleh Peace Education Fund
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Canada Helps
Donate to PSI
Happy Holidays
Children in Mapaki enjoy Janet's Wilson's book,"So That's What God is Like."


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PSI in Sierra Leone
I recently spent three weeks in Mapaki, a small village in Sierra Leone which is now home to my sister and PSI volunteer, Carolyn van Gurp. One of the main purposes of this trip was to co-facilitate workshops on alternatives to corporal punishment for teachers, administrators and community leaders. Based on a blog entry by Carolyn, I think our workshops were successful. Read about it here:No more flogging
A New Library for Mapaki
Mapaki has a new library! Happy HolidaysThanks to the generosity of many individuals and organizations and the vision of the Paramount Chief, children and adults in this small, rural village in Sierra Leone can use the Internet, browse through a wonderful book collection and do homework in the evenings. Read about this amazing accomplishment. (written by Carolyn van Gurp)
Keeping our Children Safe: the "Whole Village" Approach
PSI has received a grant from the Sheonoroil Foundation of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union to write a sequel to our first children's book, "Sam and the Goodwill Sandwich." This book will be entitled "Sam Takes a Stand" and will include strategies and responses that children can use when confronted by peer mistreatment. The project will also include a series of community presentations that will offer strategies for familes dealing with bullying.
"Promise Book"
Students at West Gate Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Florida, (a new member of PSI) are making a "Promise Book" in which each student will write a promise of how he or she will make their school a peaceful place to be. This sounds like a good idea for all schools.
February Idea: The Valentine Peace Project
The Valentine Peace Project is an international initiative aimed at re-imagining Valentine's Day (February 14th) as a worldwide day for peace and harmony.
The Valentine Peace Project
Kawaleh Peace Education Fund
While I was in Sierra Leone, I was honoured by being crowned as a Chief Nakama Kawaleh in the Paki Masabong Chiefdom. As our peace education workshops have made such a positive impact on the teachers with whom we worked, I have made a personal commitment to establish a fund to continue this work and also support the library, student and teacher scholarships and health education. Here is our annual budget. If you wish to make a contribution, PSI will issue a tax receipt.
Peaceful Schools International (PSI) is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides support to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.
PSI was founded in 2001 and is now a respected and innovative source of support for over 280 schools in 13 countries.
PSI acts as a catalyst and clearinghouse for innovative ideas aimed at creating a school-wide culture of peace.
We welcome your contributions for future editions of Peace Signs.
Hetty van Gurp, President

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