Peace Signs
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September 2010
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Welcome Back!

Many of you are involved with schools that have just started or will soon start again after a break. Why not welcome back students and teachers by renewing your commitment to peace education? Here are a few ideas:
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1. If you are a flag-waving member of PSI, host a flag raising ceremony.
2. If you are not a member of PSI, become one!
3. Organize a peace walk.
4. Make a peace flag.
5. Include conflict resolution in the curriculum for a day or week at the beginning of the year.

Ideas like this and many more are provided to PSI members year round. Become a member today!
Celebrate Peace in September

International Day Peace

The International Day of Peace, established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, was first celebrated on the third Tuesday of September 1982. Beginning in 2002, the UN General Assembly set September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. Why not celebrate this day in your school or community?

To find out more, and to register your event along with others from around the globe, check out these websites:
UN International Day of Peace
International Day of Peace
Peace One Day

If you are based in Nova Scotia, don't forget that Thursday, September 9, 2010 is Stand Up Against Bullying Day in the province. Schools in other jurisdictions may celebrate this day at other times throughout the year.

PSI Member school Oxford School in Halifax is featured in the Nova Scotia government's press release on Stand Up Against Bullying Day.
Community service projects - helping flood victims in Pakistan

Pakistan flood relief
PSI member schools strive to meet six membership criteria. One of these is to carry out community service projects.

Community service projects help to give youth an opportunity to practice caring and compassion, and teaches important lessons in empathy, understanding and goodwill towards others.

PSI member schools in Karachi, Pakistan, have been collecting funds and materials to distribute to refugees affected by the recent devastating flooding in Pakistan. Many of the students have very little themselves, yet have still found ways to also help others. The photo above shows students at World Learning Grammar School in Karachi with materials that are donating to flood survivors.

Community service can take place anywhere. It can involve in-school interactions (e.g. older students reading with younger students), community interactions (e.g. visiting a seniors home or volunteering at a local foodbank) or global projects (e.g. the collection of funds or materials for those in need).

How does your school practice community service? Tell us about it! Email

Mount Saint Vincent University becomes a member

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This September, Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has become the second post-secondary institution to join the PSI network (the other is Saint Mary's University, also in Halifax).

If you are in the Halifax area, you are cordially invited to a special celebration of Mount Saint Vincent University's membership, Tuesday, September 21 at 10 am, at the flag pole in front of Seton Academic Centre on the university campus.

Other new member schools that have recently joined include Timber Trace Elementary and Acreage Pines Elementary School (both in Florida), Ferguson High School (Sri Lanka), and Don Bosco Institute (India). PSI warmly welcomes all of its new member schools!

View a list of all PSI member schools.
The Art of Peace Summer Camp

peace camp flags & talking stickPSI hosted the Art of Peace summer camp again this past summer. A few pictures from the camp are now posted online (view the album).

If you missed this year's camp, stay tuned to the newsletter for announcements about future camps, and don't forget to register early!

PSI wishes to thank Saint Mary's University for its generous sponsorship of the camp.
PSI Product Spotlight: Peace@School Toolkit

The Peace@School is a toolkit for educators and youth, designed to help create peaceful school environments. The toolkit consists of two DVDs and a set of three thoroughly researched and tested guidebooks, written by PSI's founder Hetty van Gurp.

Peace@School Toolkit

Peace@School includes two critically acclaimed productions directed by award-winning filmmaker Teresa MacInnes, and produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Triad Film Productions.
Waging Peace follows a year of change at a junior high, while Learning Peace shows an elementary school that has integrated peace education into its curriculum, with amazing results.

The Peace@School Toolkit is also available in French.

Price: $99.00
New Price: ONLY $65.00

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 17 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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