March 2009
Issue 8
Peace Signs
monthly e-newsletter from Peaceful Schools International
In This Issue
theKit: Youth Manual
New Board Members for PSI
Peace: Teach it. Live it.
Art of Peace Summer Camp
Harmony Week
News from Richland Academy
Join Our Mailing List
Canada Helps
Donate to PSI

If you judge people you have no time to love      them.                                Mother Teresa


March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

PSI celebrates peaceful schools around the world.

Read more about Peaceful Schools International
theKit: A Manual by Youth to Combat Racism Through Education
This 64 page resource written by youth for youth is made available by the United Nations Association in
Download theKit here.
New Board Members for PSI
PSI is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors:
- Alexis Allen, President, Nova Scotia Teachers'  Union
- Bridget Brownlow, Conflict Resolution Advisor, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS
- Terry Kelly, Singer, Song-writer, Motivational speaker
- Lynn Winter, Principal, Champlain Elementary School, Granville Ferry, NS
Peace: Teach it. Live it
The Canadian Teachers' Federation is seeking entries from creative teachers for this year's World Teachers' Day poster contest. The winner will not only will have their poster printed, posted and shared with other teachers nationally, but will win a trip for two to Montréal to attend a presentation on peace by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Oct. 2, just days before World Teachers' Day. 
Read about the contest in this brochure.
Art of Peace Summer Camp
This summer, PSI is hosting the Art of Peace Summer Camp for 8 - 13 year-olds from July 13 - 17 at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, NS. Registration information will soon be available on the PSI website. 
The idea originates with Carolyn Pogue, an author and peace activist. If you are interested in running a peace camp in your community, here is Carolyn's "how-to" guide

March Idea: Harmony Week
In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racism on March 21, PSI encourages its members to designate one week in March as Harmony Week.
Harmony Week Ideas from PSI.

"You don't get harmony when everyone sings the same note."     Doug Floyd
News from Richland Academy
Richland Academy in North York, Ontario is collaborating on a Mandala project with the World Learning Grammar School in Karachi, Pakistan. Students at Richland will create mandalas and send them to the WLGS along with materials for students there to make mandalas to send back.
Richland Academy is also organizing a coin drive to support our work in Sierra Leone. This is the notice sent home to families. THANK YOU students, staff and families at Richland Academy! 
Saint Mary's University and PSI in Belfast
SMU_Belfast During their spring break, 14 students from the Saint Mary's University Conflict Resolution Society traveled to Belfast to work with young citizens and teachers to address issues surrounding peace and the importance of conflict resolution.
Bridget Brownlow, the SMU Conflict Resolution Advisor and member of the PSI Board of Directors has organized and led this initiative since its inception.  
This is the fourth year in a row that students from Saint Mary's visited Catholic, Protestant and Integrated schools throughout Belfast and participated in the facilitation of conflict resolution workshops. While there, the students were interviewed about their work by the BBC and the Belfast Telegraph. See the BBC video here.
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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