HUNGARY, SEK Budapest International School

A huge thank you to Lea Lefkovits from Grade 6 for this wonderful design which represents all students of the SEK Budapest International School in Hungary.

“We had a great experience working on this project. On February 10th our Student Board organised a special program for all the students from 5th to 11th grade. The students talked about peace, they made hundreds of origami birds and with them wrote the word PEACE. This inspiring activity continued with the contest of students’ drawings symbolising peace. The drawings were exhibited in the school corridor and all the members of our school community, students, teachers, and parents were invited to vote for their favourite drawing. By the majority of votes the 6th grader Lea Lefkovits’s work won. We are sending her work to you.

“We wish you good luck and a great success with this project, and we are waiting for the next year Olympics to see the quilt.” 

Words by Ivana Cvetkovic Assistant Principal / IB Coordinator

Thank you so much to Ivana, all the staff and all the students for putting their heart and soul into this project.


The red stripe symbolises strength; the white stripe represents faithfulness and fidelity; and the green stands for hope.

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BELIZE, San Pedro High school

Here we have the chosen drawing/painting to represent the students and young people of the San Pedro High School, Belize. The school held a competition from which there were many wonderful designs created.

Their message: We all wish for peace for better, living, people, union.

Thank you to all the students involved and to Emil Vasquez, the Principal at this school, for bringing this project to fruition for Belize.

Belize Flag Meaning:

On the white circle is an inner green circle consisting of 50 olive leaves. The 50 leaves represent the year 1950, which was when Belize, which was formerly known as British Honduras, began its quest for independence from Britain. The country was renamed Belize in June of 1973. When independence was realised, the two red stripes were added to the country’s previous flag. The Belize flag represents the unity of the nation’s people.

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PAKISTAN, Marnie Smith Middle School

These are the drawings received from the Marnie Smith Middle School and the Bakhtar Middle School of Quetta in Pakistan to join in the International Peace Quilt project.

Thank you to students Nadia,age 13, Qais,age 15 and to Najeem, age 14  for their lovely pieces of art above.

Some of the children’s quotes: “The family is always happy where Peace is………..”

“Peace causes the people to get education.” 

Thank you to Marnie Summerfield Smith from the Trust Sulha Organisation for coordinating this project for Pakistan and involving Afghanistan refugees. One drawing will now be chosen to represent Pakistan on the 2012 art quilt.


Pakistani Flag Meaning:

Green is a traditional Islamic colour and the crescent and star are also Islamic symbols.The white stripe represents the non-Muslim, minority, religious groups in Pakistan. According to modern meaning, the green represents prosperity; white symbolises peace; the white crescent represents progress; and the white star represents light and knowledge.

Afghanistan Flag Description:
The Afghanistan flag consists of three, even vertical stripes running from left to right of black red and green background. In the centre of the red stripe is the emblem of Afghanistan – either in white or yellow/gold. The emblem consists of an Arabic religious inscription and below it lays a mosque with a prayer mat inside it facing Mecca. There are two flags attached to the mosque which represent flags of Afghanistan. Underneath the mosque is an inscription stating the name of the nation and surrounding the mosque are sheaves of wheat.

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THE NETHERLANDS, Augustinus College

This is the received drawing to represent the Netherlands on the art Quilt. The school held a competition from which this design was chosen from several others completed. Special thanks to Laura Oest for this wonderful piece of art which really typifies this country. 

Laura’s wish for peace: “We all wish for Peace because war separates people and Peace unites them.”

Also thank you to Chantal Laarman for having this project possible for the Netherlands.

Netherlands Flag Meaning:
The red stripe which was originally orange, along with the white and blue stripes, are based on the heraldic colours (coat of arms) of Prince William of Orange, who led the fight for Dutch independence.

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ANGOLA, Luanda International School

This drawing has been created by students, Christiane Domingos, Hugo Januario and Juan-Diego Losada all year four students from Luanda International school in Angola.

The image shows two Palanca Negra: the giant sable antelope, which is the national animal of Angola. They are standing in front of a Baobab, a tree which is revered throughout the country. The sun is rising behind the tree as a dove flies across the sky.

Until recently, it was uncertain whether the Palanca Negra had survived the civil war. Angola suffered decades without peace and our image symbolises how the natural elements are now able to regenerate.

Thank you to all the students involved; to Carolyne Marshall, Luanda International`s  Principal and to Karen Webb,President of their PTA group for this wonderful drawing.

Angola Flag Meaning:

The red in the flag represents the blood shed by Angolans during oppression, the national liberation struggle and the defence of the country. The black represents the Continent of Africa. The emblem’s cogwheel represents the labourers, and industrial production, and the machete represents peasants, agricultural production and the country’s armed struggle. The star symbolises international solidarity and progress while the colour yellow represents the wealth of Angola.

In 2003, a new flag was proposed for Angola, but it hasn’t yet been ratified or formally adopted. The proposed Angola flag is extremely different in design and symbolism.

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SUDAN, Khartoum International School


This drawing has been created by Bethel Tafere,age 15 from the Khartoum International School in Khartoum, Sudan.

Bethel says: “We all wish for Peace because Peace brings the World together.”

Thank you to everyone involved, particularly to Bethel, all the students, the school staff and to Jamie Sanchez, the art teacher in this school.

“Thank you very much for this opportunity. We are all very excited. If you get a picture of the finished quilt, we would love to see it.” Jamie Sanchez

Khartoum (Arabic: الخرطوم‎ Al Ḫarṭūm) is the capital and largest city of Sudan and of Khartoum State. It is located at the confluence of the White Nile flowing north from Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile flowing west from Ethiopia. The location where the two Niles meet is known as “al-Mogran“, meaning the Confluence.

Interesting Sudan Flag Facts:
The Sudan flag’s design was the result of a nationally held flag competition and it is based on the Arab Liberation Flag of Egypt.

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FRANCE, EAB Victor Hugo School

This is the chosen drawing to represent the students of the EAB Victor Hugo School in Paris, France. The students themselves chose the winner. The drawing has been created by Soo Bin Lee of Grade 5, and she  has incorporated the flags of many countries.

Soo Bin Lee says: “We all wish for Peace because we are all the same.”

Thanks to all students, staff, and Viktor Witkowski, the Visual Arts teacher for the coordination of this project in your school.

French Flag Meaning:

The French flag is based on a red, white and blue cockade (a badge of concentric circles) which was worn by King Louis XVI while addressing a revolutionary gathering in Paris. The King had added white to the cockade as it is the traditional colour of French royalty. Red and blue are also the traditional livery colours of Paris, the country’s capital city.

The French flag is commonly known as the ‘French Tricolour’, and has been the inspiration for many other flags around the world.

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GERMANY, H.I.S Heidelberg International school

Thank you to Allyn Raw, Deputy Director and PYP Coordinator of the Heidelberg International School in Germany for submitting this lovely, colourful drawing on behalf of their 10 year old student in Grade 5.

This student gives a very direct message:

“We all wish for Peace because I want to have a good and better World.”

Thank you to everyone involved, to all the Grade 5 students for their participation and to all staff who brought the project to fruition for Germany.

Heidelberg International School is “dedicated to making a difference.”

German Flag Meaning:
The colours black, red and gold have been associated with Germany since the middle ages, but the current German flag colours are traced back to early 19th century volunteers, who fought for the country in the Napoleonic wars. The colours are based on the soldiers’ uniforms which were black coats with red braid and gold buttons.

The colours of the German flag now represent the unification of Germany.

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KENYA, Jabez Community School, Mukuru Slums

We received a number of drawings from the lovely children in the Jabez Community Orphanage School in the Mukuru Slums, Nairobi, Kenya under the leadership of Jabes Odhiambo. What amazingly creative children they are. 

The design above was drawn by Charity Mueni who says:

One Community, One People, One Peace.” Great work by Charity.

Thank you to Dennis Imbali for this one where he illustrates and promotes peace through sport and football.

Well done to Ramadhan for this design which is a celebration of peace itself showing the doves and the peace emblem.

Our Classroom

Thank you so much to Peter Sotheran from the Guisborough Rotary club and to the organisation as a partner for working with contacts so these children can give their voice for Peace.

“The slums are home to approx’ 850,000 people, living in tin sheds with earth floors, no sanitation or running water. If you watched Lenny Henry & Angela Rippon in the Kibera Slums, then you get the picture. The Mukuru slum is only a mile or so away, across the railway tracks from Kibera.” Peter Sotheran

We are blessed and  honoured to have these children involved in this project.

Motto: ” Harambee” ( Swahili )

“Let us all pull together “

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