BRAZIL, International School of Curitiba

24 Feb

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We welcome these lovely designs from students in the International School of Curitiba, Brazil.  This one has been done by Antonella Cox from 4A.

We all wish for peace because peace is all good things that you can imagine.

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The second design has been created by Gabriella Cardoso de Almeida – Brazilian – 4A

We all want peace because the whole world would be much better!!

1. What was in your mind when you were creating the drawing?

I was thinking about how the world needs peace.

2. Why do you think peace is important?

I think that peace is important because if there was no peace, there would be many wars and it would be awful.

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The third design has been done by Miyuu Inamasu  – Japanese- 4A

We all wish for peace because the world will be better and nice!

1. What was in your mind when you were creating the drawing?

 I was thinking about nature and that peace comes from it.

2. Why do you think peace is important?

I think it is important because we would have less fighting and everyone would be happy.

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Finally we have this lovely drawing which has been created by Sophia Aramburu – 4A

We all wish for peace because peace is a perfect world.

1. What was in your mind when you were creating the drawing?

I was thinking about the Noah’s ark.

2. Why do you think peace is important?

I think peace is important because you need peace to stop fights and wars. We need a peaceful world.

Thank you to everyone involved from the International School of Curitiba and especially to Renata Otsuka for coordinating the 2016 project in Brazil.

Brazilian Flag Meaning:
The colours 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. Each of the 27 stars represents a different Brazilian state and the Federal District. The number of stars changes anytime a new state is created. When the Brazilian Republic was founded there were 21 stars. The star representing the Federal District is ‘Sigma Octantis’, and its position near the south celestial pole, makes it visible across most of Brazil all year round.

Happy New Year Everyone – 2014 in review

1 Jan

Happy New Year to everyone who has supported the Schools’ International Peace Quilt these past few years. We are very grateful to all the schools, their teachers, students and everyone who has been involved. May 2015 bring you health, happiness, peace and all that you wish for.

(Traditional Gaelic Blessing)
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

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2016 BANGLADESH, Mother Rytasha School

2 Jul

Bangladesh Untitled-3

 

We welcome this design from Razani Akther aged 6 who attends the Mother Rytasha School in Bangladesh. Thank you so much to Mother Rytasha, the teachers in the schools and the young pupils themselves for taking part in the Schools International Peace Quilt Project.

Razani’s quote in Bengali is only,  “I want Peace “

“Our  children have so much enjoyed doing your project. They had never drawn before or had crayons or papers and they loved it.  I think they did very well for first timers and being so young. I thank you for introducing them to a whole other world.” Mother Rytasha

 We are very thankful to have these children involved.

In nine years, Food Relief International founded by Mother Rytasha has helped start about 20 schools, provided food to earthquake victims in India, set up community clinics in rural areas such as Ramsara village in Bangladesh and created self-sufficiency programs for villagers. 

Additional special note

It is with great sadness that we hear of Mother Rytasha’s passing on December 8th 2014 after her fight against cancer. She had just one message – Love. Having a great love of children she wished us well with this project. She also had a hope that the Schools International Peace Quilt would be exhibited to the UN. Maybe one day that hope/wish will come true. She will be sorely missed, especially in the places and amongst the people where she helped so much. A truly loving and humble person.

 

Bangladeshi Flag Meaning:
The green base color of the Bangladesh flag symbolizes the greenery of Bangladesh with its vitality and youthfulness. The red circle represents the rising sun and the blood as well as the sacrifices that the Bangladesh people have made in order to gain independence.

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2016 ALBANIA, Shkolla NEHEMIA

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.

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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.

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2013 in review

31 Dec

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

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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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.

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