Peace Signs
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July 2010
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Entry in the Pakistan peace art contest
Another peace art submission from Bilal City Grammar School in Karachi, Pakistan.


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Thorndale and Westwood celebrate being peaceful schools!

Both Thorndale Elementary school and Westwood staff and guests with their PSI flag before it is  hoisted Westwood High School, Junior Campus, celebrated their roles as peaceful schools in June.

On June 11, Westwood High School Junior Campus in Montreal celebrated their commitment to peace with a PSI flag raising ceremony. Read more . . .

Thorndale Elementary School in Pierrefonds created the "Thorndale Hug", among many other activites. Each student made a paper hand print with their name and a word which signified peace for them. The whole school gathered outside in the shape of a heart all holding posters showing their "helping hands". Read more . . .

This website is the Red Cross's Stand Up 2 Bullying loganti-bullying program. It highlights the role of the bystander in stopping bullying and includes tips for parents and schools,as well as real life stories about the experience of being bullied or standing up for others.

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

Peace art contest in Pakistan

Winner of the Pakistan peace art contest
PSI's Regional Coordinator in Pakistan, Nadeem Ghazi, organized a peace art contest for students at PSI member schools in Karachi in June. The art the students produced is amazing!

The image on the left won the contest and was created by Faisal Siddique, a student at Madrasa-e-Islamia school.

You can see the other winning photos, or all of the art work.

To stay tuned to news from member schools in Pakistan, sign up as a member of PSI's discussion forum, and visit the news from PSI Pakistan section.

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

Last week, PSI participated in this amazing conference, which explored how peace education, women's activism, and the disarmament movement can continue to contribute to building a more peaceful world. Conference presenters included Alyn Ware, Sandra Butcher, and Hetty van Gurp (PSI founder).

From the opening public lecture with Alyn Ware and Logan MacGillivray, to the many workshops, to the closing plenary focusing on actions and next steps to create a more peaceful world, the energy and enthusiasm of conference participants and presenters was amazing! Stay tuned for more information about follow up actions . . .

One of the media articles generated by the conference was about the importance of peace education: Advocate: Put peace on par with other academic subjects

Read more . . .
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. The camp takes place 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.
PSI Product Spotlight: Peace in Action Toolkit

This toolkit is the ultimate package of peace education resources and ideas! Including four books, two complete toolkits and three films, you will have all the resources you need to build peace in your school.

Peace in the Classroom
The Peaceful School: Models that Work
Peer Mediation: A Complete Guide
Creating Caring Schools: Peace-promoting activities for all seasons  
One School's Journey

Teaching Peace in a Time of War
Hope for the Future
The Troubles Within

Peace@School Toolkit
Keeping our Children Safe: Toolkit for Parents and Educators
Food for Thought

Price: $280.00
Sale Price: $250.00

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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