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OMNI INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE NEWSLETTER, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009, Compiled by Dick Bennett for OMNI’s Culture of Peace Mission. (Newsletter #1 September 20, 2008.)

Yesterday the 20th was the birthday of Thich Nhat Hanh.


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September 21, 2009

The United Nations has declared September 21 as the Inter- national Day of Peace. In a message commemorating the Day in 1995, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali stated that “the world, once more, cries out for peace. And for the economic and social development that peace alone can assure... Let us keep our goal clear and simple... Let us work for peace.”

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Today is the International Day of Peace.


For middle and high school students:

1. Have students brainstorm a list of conflicts that are happening around the world: Israel-Palestine, Iraq, etc.

2. Ask students to generate a list of reasons why people fight: religion, economics, etc.

3. Have students form groups and assign each group one reason from the list they generated above. In groups, students should discuss and be ready to present possible solutions that could address the causes. It is important to emphasize that students are not trying to solve a particular world crisis, but rather are trying to identify solutions that can work in general (education, tolerance, debt relief, etc.).

4. The groups could then create posters that promote their particular solution. See the lesson plan Designing Effective Poster Presentations for tips and ideas on making posters.

For elementary-age students, follow the same process as above, but instead of looking at the world, ask students to focus on conflicts, reasons, and solutions in their school.

Lesson Plans

Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry
This lesson for grades 3–5 asks students to apply think-aloud strategies to reading, as well as to the composition of artwork and poetry, as they research symbols of peace and compose their own poetry.

The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom
In this lesson, high school students participate in a simulation of a “Peace Journey” as they engage in a variety of literacy activities.

Exploring Author’s Voice Using Jane Addams Award-Winning Books
The middle school lesson uses Jane Addams Award-winning books, given to children’s books that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community and the equality of the sexes and all races, to explore author’s voice and style.

Web Links

The International Day of Peace
This site contains a number of links to other websites dealing with ways to become active in promoting peace around the world and in the local communities.

Peace Education
This site, part of the United Nations Cyberschool Bus, contains five curricular units that focus on ecology, tolerance, critical thinking, social justice, and global citizenship.

The Nobel Peace Prize
Read about the outstanding people who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the official site for the award. The site includes biographies, lectures, and additional information for all the award winners as well as educational material.

Peace Corps Kids World
This kid-friendly site explores the services of the U.S. Peace Corps.


Schell, Jonathan. 2003. The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People. Metropolitan Books.
Schell argues in this book that military power is no longer the main arbiter of justice in the world, and that promoting nonviolence will be the key to world security.

Pierce, Linda Breen. 2000. Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World. Gallagher Press.
Peace also starts at home and work, and this book offers solutions to working for peace in our own lives.

Gilley, Jeremy. 2005. Peace One Day. Putnam Juvenile.
Gilley, a British filmmaker, shares his successful efforts to have the United Nations declare a day to celebrate peace. The book includes descriptions and images of Gilley’s experiences in war-torn areas.

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