Peace Signs
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Issue 16, December 2009
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Wishing you peace. Centennial School, Chateauguay, Quebec 

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Charter for Compassion

Karen Armstrong, winner of the 2008 TED prize, along with religious leaders from around the world, recently unveiled the Charter for Compassion.
The Charter is a single document, endorsed by HH the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu among others. It was crafted by people from all walks of life, nationalities, beliefs and backgrounds with the intent to unify, inspire and bring compassion back into the heart of society. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and is often referred to as the Golden Rule - a tenet that is central to all major religions.
Text of the Charter for Compassion
Recommended Website

The Global Dimension website is a guide to books, films, posters and web resources which support global, intercultural and environmental understanding for all age groups and subjects. From climate change to poverty, water and fair trade, you can find a huge range of teaching resources and background material. You can browse by curriculum subject, background material or topic. This website is well worth a visit.
PSI Goes to Pakistan

In December, PSI founder, Hetty van Gurp will be hosted in Karachi by PSI Regional Coordinator, Nadeem Ghazi. Nadeem has organized school visits and meetings with Ministry of Education officials. PSI will be working with a select number of pilot schools in Karachi over the next few years.
Thank you to the PSI schools that have made peace messages for Pakistan. 
Sierra Leone Peace Gifts

If you are looking for a meaningful gift this holiday season, please consider giving a gift of hope.

booksThe peace gifts described on this website support communities in Sierra Leone that are recovering from war; communities that inspire us with their committment to and long tradition of peaceful resolution to problems.
If you are making a gift donation on behalf of someone else, we will send you a gift card that you can pass on.

Human Rights Teaching Materials

The United Nations Regional Information Centre in Belgium has compiled an exciting new website for human rights education. You can access it here.
It contains interesting music videos, short animations, cartoons, relevant film clips from UNICEF, games, information and more that facilitates teaching and learning in human rights.
There is an entry point on the first page for "teachers" or "kids". Since a child could click on "teachers" please supervise a child's use of the site as the teacher's section contains a short video on trafficking which is not suitable for young children.
Also please run through the games and decide if they are suitable for the age group in your class.
All in all it is an excellent wide-ranging resource that supports human rights education at primary, secondary and third level education. There is also a forum where teachers can share ideas and good practice on educating in, through and for human rights.
Golden Rule Poster
booksThe appeal of the Golden Rule is augmented by the fact that its message is simple, universal and powerful. The Scarboro Missions has published a Golden Rule Poster featuring the Golden Rule in 13 religions in a striking and attractive 4-colour format.  To order the poster (available in 2 sizes) go here: Golden Rule poster
To download the Golden Rule text in 7 languages, go here.

The Talmud tells a story of Rabbi Hillel, who lived around the time of Jesus. A pagan came to him saying that he would convert to Judaism if Hillel could teach him the whole of the Torah in the time he could stand on one foot. Rabbi Hillel replied, "What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man. That is the whole Torah; the rest is just commentary. Go and study it."
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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