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June 2010
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Bilal School Peace Art
Bilal City Grammar School, along with other PSI member schools in Karachi, Pakistan, participated in a Peace Art Contest. The photo above is one student's contest entry.

 


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Kells Elementary Peace Pledge

Kells Elementary Peace PledgeKells Elementary School in Montreal became a member of PSI in 2007. To build a culture of peace in their school, one of the things the students and staff at Kells have done is created a Peace Pledge. You can read the peace pledge in the photo.

This pledge is posted in the hallway of Kells Elementary School, and it has been signed by all Kells Students. What a wonderful way to encourage all students to make a commitment to peace!

Kells is celebrating their PSI flag raising this month, and PSI congratulates them for all that they have achieved.

Free Resource: Peace Week Planning Guide

In New Zealand, schools celebrate Peace Week each year in June.  Peace Week is a national week designed especially to help schools educate students about peace issues. Peace education is about helping students to understand and manage conflict in their own lives and from a greater perspective learning how peace is fostered both nationally and internationally. This guide provides ideas for activities that your school could do to celebrate peace.

This year, Peace Week is June 25-29. Although this coincides with the end of the school year for many of you, you could choose one activity to do to finish your year on a positive and peaceful note!

You can download the Planning Guide as a 550 KB PDF.

For more great peace education resources, check out the Resources section of the PSI website.

The Art of Peace Summer Camp

Art of Peace Summer Camp
This summer, PSI is excited to again be hosting the Art of Peace Summer Camp for 8 - 13 year-olds at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, NS. There will be two sessions of the camp this year, Week 1, July 26-30 and Week 2, August 16-20.

This camp offers children an opportunity to creatively explore the meaning of peace - within ourselves, in our communities and in the world. The camp will be facilitated by experienced staff, and local artists and peace activists will visit and make presentations throughout each week.

Get more information or register.
Peace Conference 2010

Being the Change: Building a Culture of Peace . . .in our classrooms, our communities, and our world

July 7 - 10, 2010 Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS

July 7: FREE PUBLIC LECTURE
From Kindergarten to the UN - Education and Action for Peace, Alyn Ware, 7 pm, Seton Auditorium

July 8 - 9: CONFERENCE SESSIONS

July 8: PEACE CELEBRATION, Dinner and Entertainment

July 10: FIELD TRIP TO PUGWASH, World Famous for Peace

Join other changemakers to explore how peace education, women's activism, and the disarmament movement can continue to contribute to building a more peaceful world. Conference presenters include Alyn Ware, Sandra Butcher, Adele Buckley, Erika Simpson, Hetty van Gurp, and Donna Smyth. Conference sessions focus on topics such as nuclear weapon-free zones, building peace through art and women activists working for peace.

During the Saturday field trip to Pugwash, participants will have the opportunity to visit the historic home of the Pugwash Movement, learn more about its storied past, especially the contribution of women to the Pugwash Movement, and tour the recently restored Thinkers' Lodge, designated a National Historic Site in 2008.

Registration is now open! Register early - space is limited! www.msvu.ca/peaceconference
Conference (July 8-9): $75 (Thursday night dinner and overnight accommodations are optional and not included in the conference fee)

Field trip to Pugwash (July 10, 8 am - 6 pm): $45 (Includes bus transportation between Halifax and Pugwash, coffee break on arrival and light lunch.

Field trip to Pugwash (July 10): $20 (Provide own transportation to Pugwash and join the group for a coffee break on arrival and light lunch.)
 
For more information, to take a look at the program or to register, go to www.msvu.ca/peaceconference, or contact us at 902-457-6131 or peaceconference@msvu.ca. Find us on Facebook.
Richland Academy and World Learning Grammar School exchange Peace Mandalas

Students at Richland Academy holding mandalas made by WLGS students
Richland Academy students with mandalas from Pakistan

During the last academic year, students of Richland Academy, a PSI member located in Ontario, created Peace Mandalas. These Mandalas were shipped to a PSI member school in Pakistan, the World Learning Grammar School (WLGS). Richland also sent art materials so that the students at WLGS could easily create their own Peace Mandalas.

WLGS received the package last fall, and this spring, sent Richland Academy a set of Manalas made by students in Pakistan. Students at both schools greatly appreciated the opportunity to create art together in this way.

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Sierra Leone bags
PSI Product Spotlight: Bags from Sierra Leone

These functional bags are made from cloth tie-dyed by women in the communities in Sierra Leone in which PSI works. The bags are great for all uses, and the proceeds from the sale go to support both PSI work in Sierra Leone and elsewhere around the world, and the women making the bags.

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Price: $20.00

You can order this product online, or to see all the PSI products available, visit our store.
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 a respected and innovative source of support for over 300 schools in 16 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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