12 Mar

Albania 2016 Picture from NEHEMIA school pupils (2)


We all wish for peace because we want the power of love to overcome the love of power by Romelda.

We welcome these 3 designs from Shkolla NEHEMIA, in Pogradec, Albania to join in the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt. Well done to all the students involved.


Albania 2016 Picture from NEHEMIA school pupils (1)We all wish for peace because War is not a solution, by Erlin.

Albania 2016 Picture from NEHEMIA school pupils

We all wish for peace because we feel happy by Lusianna.

Special thanks also to Luiza Elmasllari for coordinating the 2016 project with her students aged 13 and 14.

Albania Flag Meaning:
The eagle is taken from an Albanian folk tale. The eagle faithfully watches over and guides the king or the “son of the eagle.”

The eagle dates back to George Castriota, an Albanian Christian who became a Turkish general in the 15th century under the name of Iskander Bey, or Skanderberg. Castriota used the double-headed eagle on his seals and this has led it to being on the modern flag. Albania declared independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912. All versions of the Albanian flag since then have featured an eagle, even during the Italian occupation of World War II, and its communist regime after the war. Albania became a republic again in 1992.


2016 SIPQ, ‘First designs’ INDIA, Apeejay School

3 Mar

artwork by Vidhi Jain

We very much welcome the first designs for the new 2016 Schools International Peace Quilt. These have been received from the Apeejay School, Pitambura, India.

The first design has been created by Yash Bindal and the second by Vidhi Jain.

Yash Bindal ( Class VI – C ).

We all wish for peace because it represents a world where we can go anywhere at anytime without being scared of anyone. We could walk on the streets without this fear of being attacked by a total stranger. A world where we could talk to each other without using violence, or we can say a world without violence. A world where corruption does not exist, where we could all walk hand in hand with no worries. Countries, who spend billions of dollars for the defense, this amount can be used for development of people, education and health. No one can sleep hungry as there will be adequate money and food to feed them. The terrorists and criminals will vanish as their will be no place for them. Though in present circumstances, many times peace is getting disturbed due to many factors like war, aggression, terrorism etc. but we all can work together to make our dream of peace come true.                                                                                                                                                 

artwork by Yash Bindal

Vidhi Jain ( IX – D ).

We all wish for peace because peace brings prosperity. A peaceful mind is a healthy mind. If there is peace in the nation then the country can prosper . It can think over the plans and for the development of the country. If there is not peace then our mind and energy will be wasted over. By having the peace we could be friendly to others and think of our development, Peace is a journey of thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. 

Thank you to Malini Sridhar, coordinator for this school, Yash, Vidhi and all students involved for these wonderful designs.

Indian Flag Meaning:
At the time of its initial introduction, in 1931, the Indian flag’s colors represented the two main ethnic groups of India – the saffron stripe represented the Hindu people; and the green stripe represented the Muslim people. The white stripe white represented the peace desired between them and the truth. An updated meaning has interpreted the saffron symbol as representing courage and sacrifice; the white representing purity and truth; and the green standing for faith, fertility and chivalry. The Wheel of Law’s 24 spokes are said to represent each hour of the day, as well as the endless circle of life.

2013 in review

31 Dec

A Happy and Healthy New Year to one and all!!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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Saint George School, Dominican Republic “Displays the Quilt”

28 Nov

Dominican RepublicWe are delighted that the Schools’ International Peace Quilt has eventually made it to the Saint George  School in the Dominican Republic. Though its itinerary here has been very much curtailed due to customs problems in other countries, we are still glad that the students here have been able to view the quilt and children’s art work. This is very much down to the persistence of Valinda Valdez, Director of International Projects/School Development for whom we are very thankful especially as it was her vision in the first place for the quilt to visit The Caribbean.

Saint George School Quilt  visit

It is good to hear that this school and the St. Patrick school in Santo Domingo are interested to take part in the 2016 quilt project. Their participation is very welcome, as is every other school around the world.

Saint George School

Special thanks also to Mr. Benavides, Art Dept Head for sending on the wonderful pictures and for coordinating the quilt display.

“As you may know, we are exposing the Peace Quilt in Saint George School, Dominican Republic in our multi purpose room during this week, our “Semana por la vida” week. Here are some pictures of our middle school kids visiting the quilt. Its an honor to work with you on this special peace movement. Can’t wait to start the new one.” Mr. Benavides

Domincan Republic  064Congratulations again to Mary Liang who created this wonderful design which represents the young people of the Dominican Republic on the Schools’ International Peace Quilt.

We all wish for peace because it is a state of mind in which we can all accept each other as EQUAL.

Argentina, Comercial N° 11 “Dr. José Peralta” School “Displays the quilt”

22 Oct

Carla y su dibujo-web

Carla Palermo is stood with the chosen design she created to represent Argentinians in the Schools’ International Peace Quilt for 2012. 

Thank you so much  to Mónica Suarez and Paula Burd for going to great lengths to have the quilt displayed in Comercial Nº 11 “Dr. José Peralta” School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is a long story but one which thankfully has a happy ending.

Argentina,a group with two professeurs looking at the quilt and talking about peace (1)While the quilt was in the school all the foreign language classes went with their professors to see the quilt and talk about peace.

“I wanted to send a big big thank you because we are very very happy with the exhibition of the quilt. More than that!  Many students and professors are very touched by the vision of this peace of art. Our school is a public middle school. It has 700 students more or less that come from different parts of the city and the suburbs. Many of them come from poor neighbourhoods with violence problems. You can imagine the important thing that the quilt is for them. They can’t believe that the design of our school is in the quilt and represents Argentina!  Another important thing I wanted to tell you is that Carla when she saw the quilt  she couldn’t believe her eyes. She didn’t say nothing but she smiled and gave me a big hug.

It was a very very beautiful experience to the school despite the difficulties.  It’s a way to  inspire students and teachers to see that among others we can do wonderful things!  Everybody was very touched by the art of the children and they were surprised by the beauty of the quilt. 

The quilt is golden like peace………..”

Paula Burd 

The quilt &Carla Palermo-webCarla with the full quilt in view.

Some quotes which two students from the school have wrote.

“We want peace because it gathers all together beyond origin or colour”

“We want peace because it is the way to achieve a balance in our society.”

A huge thank you to everyone in this school, the Principal Mónica Suarez , Paula, all the staff, parents and students. It is so heart warming for the Schools’ International Peace Quilt team to hear Paula’s words and to see the impact of the childrens’ art work from half way around the world. We have been moved and encouraged to see the difference the project can make to the hearts of all. 

International school of Curitiba,Brazil “Displays the Quilt “

27 Aug

Brazil ISC design

Thanks so much to Ricardo Sigwalt and all the staff in The International School of Curitiba, Brazil for having it possible to display the quilt  in South America. 

Special thanks to Thaisa Sant`Ana who created the design which represents Brazil and to all the students from the school who participated in the project for 2012.

” We all wish for Peace because united we are stronger.” 

Brazil ISC

It was lovely to see the elementary children enjoying and interacting with the various designs. 


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” I must say that everyone who had the chance to see the Quilt was really impressed by the drawings and in fact the Quilt made people think and talk more about peace.” Ricardo Sigwalt.



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“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. ”  ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Brazilian Flag Meaning:
The colors green and yellow represent the Royal Houses of Bragança (Emperor Pedro I) and Habsburg (Empress Leopoldina). The stars on the blue circle represent the sky over Rio de Janeiro on the night of November 15, 1889, which is the day the Republic of Brazil was declared. 

Brazil covers nearly half of South America and is the continent’s largest nation.

Redcar and Cleveland Regional Drawing Competition

18 Jul

Results of the Redcar & Cleveland Regional Drawing Competition
(part of the wider SIPQ project).

In the secondary school section of the Redcar & Cleveland Drawing Competition (part of the wider Schools’ International Peace Quilt project), Sarah Maxwell, who attends the Laurence Jackson School, in Guisborough, had three pictures selected for the top spot and one in  particular went on to achieve: FIRST PLACE.

An Interview with Sarah Maxwell

Maz: The theme was to express, through visual art, what peace meant to you. Where did your idea/inspiration come from Sarah, and what were your thoughts whilst drawing the picture?

Sarah: I thought of protection and a peaceful foundation for the future. When I designed my first entry of a brick wall with a faint face, that to me, represented humankind.

LJ Design

Sarah : I thought of flowers, lilies and associated them with peace for my second entry. Then I combined the lily with a lady’s face that I thought expressed longing for peace.

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My third entry won regional and this was based on dreaming. On seeing an extremely old painting of a woman sleeping, I thought not only was sleep a peaceful and relaxing representation, but dreaming is synonymous with hope and peace. Perhaps dreaming for a more peaceful future. Using my own choice of media I created an interpretation of what I had seen. I used three different fine liners; black, dark grey and light grey to create a tonal effect. I liked the way the material trailed down in spirals in the image and capturing that in my three different shades was interesting. I wanted to try capturing the beauty of the image again, as to me: it is a visual Art that depicts peace in a unique and symbolic way.


Maz: Can you tell us a little more about your ten day work placement/experience?

Sarah: Unfortunately I only had a five day work placement, which was saddening as I enjoyed it so much. I was placed at Nunthorpe Academy in the Art Block to spend my week helping out as much as possible and getting a chance to work with students. I did a lot of example work for students to use for ideas such as: three chalk drawings of African masks and a lot of work regarding their upcoming induction day. I had an opportunity to work with small year 8 classes. I came to realize how happy I could be just from spending every day doing Art. Art is always unique and expressive.

Maz: What are your hopes and ambitions for the future?

Sarah: I would like to undertake a Degree in Fine Art. I’m not sure where the future will take me but I would like Art to be the most significant component in my life.

Janice and Sarah


Janice Middleton, SIPQ team member,
presenting Sarah with her: First Place
Certificate; winning prize of £25 and a
Hessian SIPQ bag






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Sarah Maxwell pictured with her Art teacher,
Mr Declan Finn.




Redcar & Cleveland Regional Junior School Results

Lily Garbutt from Bankfields School, in Eston, is the overall winner of the regional junior section. Although submissions were of a high standard, Lily’s drawing had expressed her creativity in quite a unique way.

Bankfields Primary School

The illustrated musical notation for example, together with the words fire and flame written  in a circle near the centre, gave it additional depth. It led one interpreter to think of the London 2012 Olympic Games. An Olympic Torch was also suggested. The picture went on to evoke yet more magical interpretations. When the picture is being rotated to view the peace and love symbols, whilst simultaneously reading the words, this gave the impression of a globe rotating on its axis; a harmonious globe being wound up to release the sound effects of music. Overall, there is a lot of imagination and creative thought in Lily’s picture, which expressed a visually striking image with its combination of rich colours and symbolism.

Janice and Lily


Pictured is Janice Middleton,team member of the SIPQ, who presented Lily with her: First Place Certificate; winning prize of £25 and a Hessian SIPQ bag.






Lily and her family


Lily’s proud family: back row from left to right are John (Lily’s Granddad); Andrew and Angela Garbutt

(Lily’s parents); Nana Iris and Nana Val. Front row
from left to right is Lily Garbutt and her sisters
Megan and Grace.

Written by Marilyn Sylvester


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