Peace Signs
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Issue 15, November 2009
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On November 20th - Universal Children's Day take a Vow of Silence


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Free Resource: 'Play it Fair' Toolkit

Play it Fair! is an easy to use educational toolkit developed to promote human rights, non-discrimination and peaceful conflict resolution within non-formal education programs for children, such as summer camps or after school activities.   
A resource of activities. More than 60 games to promote human rights values such as cooperation, respect for diversity, fairness, inclusion, respect, responsibility and acceptance with children aged 6-12 years and youth working with them.
* A prevention tool. To promote positive values and encourage the development of an environment that fosters inclusion, respect and cooperation.
* An intervention tool. To provide constructive responses to conflict and to support staff to address challenging situations related to bullying, cliques, exclusion etc.

Another Free Resource:
'Compasito' - Human Rights Education Manual

This 308 page manual familiarizes the reader with the key concepts of human rights and children's rights, and provides substantial theoretical background to 13 key human rights issues, such as democracy, citizenship, gender equality, environment, media, poverty, and violence.

The 42 practical activities serve to engage and motivate children to recognise human rights issues in their own environment. They help children to develop critical thinking, responsibility and a sense of justice, and help them learn how to take action to contribute to the betterment of their school or community. The manual also gives practical tips on how it can be used in various formal and non-formal educational settings.

Power of Peace Network

PPNThe "Power of Peace Network" (PPN) was officially launched by UNESCO during the PPN Forum held in Bangkok last week.
The PPN mission is to increase mutual understanding around the world by supporting diverse social and cultural self-expression through modern tools of information and communication. Initiated by UNESCO, PPN is being built as a multi-partner not-for-profit business using television, radio, the internet and cell phone technology worldwide to share locally produced stories and product in pursuit of peace.
Sign up and create your own profile on the PPN website.
Universal Children's Day
November 20th

vowofsilenceUniversal Children's Day is a day of global solidarity celebrated on November 20th each year to promote activities supporting children's well-being worldwide.

Free the Children, an organization started by Craig Keilburger, encourages us to take a vow of silence on November 20th in support of children who are unable to speak up themselves. Many children around the world have no rights; they have no voice. On November 20, 2009, people around the world will remain silent for 1 hour to 24 hours in support of those who are unable to speak up themselves and in support of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Millstone River School
Plainsboro, New Jersey

vowofsilenceTo kick off Millstone's fifth year anniversary as a member in PSI, every class designed a canvas pennant dedicated to the theme of peace. The pennants are proudly displayed in theMillstonepennant2 main hallway of the school.
Students at Millstone also wrote beautiful letters for their twin school in Karachi, Pakistan. 10-year old Carmen says, "We all need a thicker atmosphere of peace. Every place people go to should have a thick, warm atmosphere of peace."
For more letters go to:Millstone peace letters
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.

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