The world has just celebrated Peace Day 2011; you’ll be pleased to know that it was a huge success. And this year we heard some wonderful stories of how Skype has been used amongst students as part of their Peace Day celebrations.
Face-to-face across continents – a Skype in the classroom project:
The Uruguayan American School of Montevideo held a Skype video call with Mr. Dave Lefkowitz and his World Studies class in Oregon. The discussions focused on the meanings and definitions of what peace meant to them individually, how to promote peace in their lives, and shared their favourite peace quotes and agents of change in this area.
It was a great way to build a bridge of peaceful intent between two countries and the beginning of what will surely be a lasting and peaceful friendship! They even saw and heard from Pakistani students as they joined the conversation too. The excitement of parties from all over the world engaging in this day of peace was inspiring. See some of the project feedback here.
Peace One Day’s Global Truce countdown:
For Peace Day 2012, Peace One Day is calling for and working towards a Global Truce – a day of ceasefire and non-violence observed by all sectors of society globally. POD hopes this will be the largest reduction in global violence in recorded history, both domestically and internationally.
Global Truce 2012 Introduction Film
Over the next 12 months, Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day is going to be speaking with young people around the world and asking them to join Peace One Day in calling for a Global Truce on Peace Day 2012. Will your students be next to speak with him?
Jeremy has already planned Skype video calls with students in Ghana, Mongolia, Monaco, Denmark, Norway and Egypt. That’s in November alone; imagine how many students he will be reaching out to in the next 11 months!
Jeremy is hoping to reach schools in the 193 UN member states before Sept ember 21st 2012. To get your classroom involved contact Peace One Day Education through their Skype in the classroom profile or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in a video call over Skype, and start planning your very own Global Truce 2012 campaign. Don’t forget that you can check out the Peace One Day Global Education Resources to help get your students started; we hope the brand new Global Truce 2012 and Sport for Truce lesson plans will provide you with some inspiring ideas.
Will you be part of the biggest call for peace the world has ever seen? You can sign up to the Global Truce 2012 at www.peaceoneday.org, follow @PeaceOneDay on twitter, and ‘like’ the Peace One Day Facebook page, to show your support.