The most peaceful day of the year

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As you know on September 21 the International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world. This year we decided to introduce teenagers to the activities of SCI Poland. Our friendly team went to the local high school, where our peaceful performance began. We talked about volunteering, about opportunities for young people, about non-formal education, about actions and programs to work on peace. Now we are just waiting for new activists in our ranks. Working with young people is an important part in building common understanding between people. We want to make the world a better place where everyone will live in dignity and young people have a future. To open up the audience we played a quiz on the theme of peace. Try to answer questions of this quiz as well (the correct answers are attached below):

     Why do we celebrate peace day 21.09?

  • It is the birthday celebration of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • In memory to Martin Luther King's  “I have a dream” speech.
  • It is a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.
  • To celebrate the day of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed.

     What is the theme song for Peace Day?

  • “Heal the World” by Michael Jackson.
  • “Imagine” by John Lennon.
  • “Give peace a change” by Plastic Ono Band.
  • “Peace on Heart” by U2”.

     How much Noble's Peace Prizes The United Nations and associated agencies have received? 

  • 7, 8, 9 or 10?

  Which year The United Nations was formed?

  • In 1918 after the World War I
  • In 1945 after the World War II
  • In 1975 after the War of Vietnam
  • In 2001 after September 11th

 “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding”, Who said this famous quote about peace?

  • Albert Einstein
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Dalai Lama
  • Betty Williams

(Correct answers : 1-c, 2-a, 3-d, 4-b, 5-a)

The culmination of our event was the Peace Run. In several locations in our region children and pupils (sometimes even with teachers😊) run for peace according to their possibilities: 100 m, 500 m, 2000 m. That was truly incredible! Many young people have received an impulse to learn more to experience life more and stop waiting for something to happen but to create their own future. Poland is a country that has faced the hardships of war and for us the topic of its consequences remains very painful. This might help the society to recognize the value of peace and take measures to preserve it. We wish you all a peaceful sky over your head and more young people with an active lifestyle. Together we will save our planet and make it better for all of us!

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The Peace Run and the workshops were the first part of the local project “The world is changing – what about us?” financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Education for Democracy Foundation. In October and November 2018 we will run workshops on peace, human rights and forced migration in eight towns of Wielkopolska region to prepare young people for the next step: Living library: to make a space for people with different experience to meet with local communities.

If you care enough for the living

Make it a better place

For you and for me

«Heal the World» Michael Jackson

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Written by Intisar Al-Khurani, SCI Poland, September 2018

Photos by Agnieszka Szczepanik, Anna Wyrwa and Bogumiła Hładki

 

 

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