Peace Signs
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October 2010
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Stone Soup at Acreage Pines

Students at PSI member Acreage Pines School in Florida, USA, celebrated being a peaceful school with the story of Stone Soup. Each student wrote on a vegetable what they thought a peaceful school should be like.


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PSI Members Raise their Flags!

Both Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax,
Gilmore flag raising Nova Scotia, and Gilmore Community School in Burnaby, British Columbia, raised their PSI flags in September.

Schools receive their flags after submitting questionnaires filled out by parents, students, and teachers. They also discuss their progress and plans with PSI.

If you have not yet received your PSI flag, why not get started on the process today? Contact us for more information: 1-866-532-0228 or

Read more stories about what PSI member schools are up to.
Free Resource: Show Peace Films from the National Film Board

Lively, humshow peace filmsorous and poignant, the award-winning ShowPeace animated film series is one of the most flexible conflict resolution tools available in the world. Because the animated characters in the films do not speak, there are no language barriers. Because they are "non-human," they are ageless and genderless. Everyone can enjoy the pithy (and quirky!) commentary on conflict that these films offer. Each film in the series also draws out an important and distinct conflict resolution lesson.
Topics include:
- Managing Anger - When the Dust Settles
- Bullying - Bully Dance
- Conflict Styles and Negotiation - Elbow Room
- Diversity - Dominoes
- Tolerance - Tête à Tête à Tête
- Mediation - Dinner for Two

Watch all the videos on the Show Peace website:
Volunteer with PSI

Are you looking for a way to give back? Does your school ask that you complete volunteer hours or community service time? Why not volunteer with PSI?

PSI welcomes volunteers of all ages and levels of experience. Many tasks can be done from your own home, so being in Nova Scotia is not required! Here are examples of the types of activities you could do:
  • Organize fundraising activities or events
  • Write articles for the PSI newsletters or develop/research monthly activity ideas for member schools
  • Update the PSI website
  • Organize events (lectures, films, etc.) or do outreach to member schools
  • Create photo and video content for PSI or work on other communications tools (Facebook, blog, etc.)
  • General office and administrative tasks
  • Research on peace education best practices
  • Work with kids or teachers on specific PSI projects
For more information and to fill out the volunteer application form, please see the section on volunteering on our website.
International Year of Youth - August 2010-2011

International Year of YouthThe United Nations has declared the year starting 12 August 2010 as the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.  The Year will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the first International Youth Year in 1985 on the theme Participation, Development and Peace.

Dedicated, enthusiastic and creative, youth have been contributing to society around the world by addressing some of our most challenging issues.

As a young person, what are you doing to help create peace in the world? This is a great opportunity to share your work!

Visit the International Year of Youth website for more information.
PSI-Pakistan starts training teachers

PSI is in the midst of a peace education project working with teachers and schools in Karachi, Pakistan.

This fall, PSI Regional Coordinator in Pakistan, Nadeem Ghazi, began training teachers at the 25 pilot schools participating in this project. You can watch some videos of the training on YouTube:
But Why? Activity
But Why video
The "But Why?" Activity is used to help workshop participants understand the root causes of misbehaviour. If a child is sleeping on the desk, we ask "but why?" until we understand the real reson he is sleeping. Understanding the true causes of behaviour help us determine the best way to prevent the behaviour in the future. This activity is often used during a discussion about the differences between discipline and punishment.
This project is generously funded by the United States Institute of Peace.
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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