Peace Signs
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Issue 14, October 2009
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Building Blocks of Peace - Free Resources!

The Institute for Economics and Peace in Australia, has made available 'The Building Blocks of Peace' - a series of downloadable teaching materials that offer a fresh perspective to the issues surrounding global peace.  Available as separate modules or a combined curriculum, these comprehensive teaching aids will guide students to understand global peace and discover solutions to violence and conflict.
The Building Blocks of Peace offer:
- Four free peace education module designed for 14 to 16 year-olds

- Comprehensive curriculum guides, complete with  teacher notes, student handouts, assessment suggestions and extension activities

 Keeping our Children Safe:
the 'Whole Village' Approach

Are you tired of hearing about the problem of bullying? Looking for realistic solutions? PSI's series of 'Sam' books offers practical ideas to help you teach your children / students learn strategic communication techniques to de-escalate problem situations and deal with verbal abuse and unfair treatment in a respectful and assertive manner.

Three children's books:
Sam and the Goodwill Sandwich - Sam's father shows him how conflicts between friends can be solved through a simple and straightforward approach called the 'Goodwill Sandwich.'

Sam Takes a Stand - Sam learns how to speak up on his own behalf when faced with put-downs, mean jokes, demeaning comments, teasing, and verbal abuse.
Sam Speaks Up - Sam learns how to speak up for himself with an adult in a respectful way.
'Sam' Book Series
Buy the 3 Sam books at $5.00 each and receive a free 32 page parent / teacher guide.
Available in PSI store.

PSI Members Celebrate the International Day of Peace

Muslim and Christian members of the Association for Peace and Prosperity at St. Peter High School in Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan gathered together to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

Students at Centreville Community School, NB celebrate the International Day of Peace with Pinwheels for Peace.
Peace Messages for Pakistan

In November, I will be spending two weeks with PSI Regional Coordinator, Nadeem Ghazi in Karachi, Pakistan visiting schools that are interested in becoming members of PSI. If you wish to send messages of peace and friendship to children in Pakistan, please mail them to the address below and I will deliver them in person:
Peaceful Schools International
PO Box 660, Annapolis Royal
NS, B0S 1A0
                                       Hetty van Gurp
Actions Speak Loudest

This new book edited by
Robert Mckinnon is a
ActionsSpeakLoudestcollection of photos, one-thousand word essays, and calls to action on the compelling issues of our day, to leave the world a better place for the next generation. PSI is honoured to be listed in the chapter on Peace as an organization promoting peace in our world. 

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 300 schools in 15 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.

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