HONG KONG, South Island School

Here we have a wonderful selection of drawings from South Island School, Hong Kong. Thank you very much to everyone involved.

Above is a drawing by Belinda Chan with the words We all wish 4 Peace b-cuz we all want happiness.Thank you Belinda.

These two have been done by Grace Lee and Coco Chu. Thanks to you both too.

Everyone deserves Happiness and Love, STOP for a minute and think what does Peace mean to us ?

We  all wish for Peace because everyone deserves it.

Thank you and well done to Chloe Chui and Charlotte Donker for these ones.

Peace, Love, Happiness, Freedom,I love Hong Kong.

We all wish for Peace because it unites all of the nations and is irreplaceable.











Two more by Rachel Franks and Ra Won Park.Thank you both.

We all wish for Peace because we need it.

We all wish for Peace because we want happiness.

Also thank you to Miriam Mak and Katie Lipton for these two.

We all wish for Peace because we want HAPPINESS.

We all wish for Peace because it brings the World together.

Thank you to Heewon Kang for this unusual and very lovely drawing .

Well done to everyone here for being so creative and for putting so much into this project . Special thanks to Vivien Benson the textiles teacher in South Island School for coordinationg the project for Hong Kong.Without your help it could not have been done.

Also love Graham Silverthorne’s, the Principals words about the school,

“This is a happy school with great spirit and a sense that anything and everything is possible.”

And so it is.

Flag of Hong Kong

VENEZUELA, International Christian School Caracas

Thank  you to Megan Heiney and all students involved from the International Christian School in Caracas Venezuela for this drawing.

We all wish for Peace because it brings unity. 

“Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to participate! Our students had a great time. ” Megan Heiney

Note the use of the hands in the word Peace, very creative.

Well done to everyone in Venezuela, it is great to have you included.


Venezuelan Flag Description:
The flag of Venezuela consists of three equal sized horizontal stripes – the top stripe is yellow, the middle blue, and the bottom stripe is red. In the middle of the blue stripe and flag there are seven, white, five-pointed stars that are arranged in a semi circle. In the top left hand corner of the Venezuelan flag is the country’s coat of arms.

GRENADA, Boca Secondary School

Special thanks to everyone from Boca Secondary for this drawing which will represent Grenada on the Quilt.

” We all wish for Peace because it is the only road to a perfect life spent on Earth.”

Thank you also to Samuel William for coordinating the project for the school and to Vondra Haynes from the Haynes Foundation for helping us to reach this school. Much appreciated.


The mission of the Haynes Foundation is to provide the necessary resources and services to enhance the personal growth and development of disadvantaged children who might otherwise never realize their potential. Their work addresses  the needs of health, education and sports.

Grenada Flag Meaning:
The color yellow in Grenada’s flag symbolizes the sun and the friendliness of the inhabitants; the green represents the country’s vegetation and agriculture; and the red stands for the courage and vitality of Grenada’s people. The yellow stars represent the seven parishes of the country. The nutmeg signifies that Grenada is one of the world’s largest producers of nutmeg.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, Woodford International School

Thank you to everyone in Woodford International School Solomon Islands for these drawings.

We all wish for Peace because we want all the Countries to be united as one.


We all wish for Peace because there shouldn’t be only war in the World.

Both these wonderful drawings have been done by grade 6 girls.

“I will explain a little what the girls have drawn.
The canoe in the picture is a means of transport they use here in the Solomon Islands. Long time ago people would visit other islands in their canoes. If the canoe had a Nguzu Nguzu (which is a symbol of the Solomon Islands)on the front holding a scull, the people came for war. If the Nguzu Nguzu was carrying a dove, they came in peace. The canoe on the picture has a Nguzu Nguzu on the front holding a dove.

In the other picture the Nguzu Nguzu is carrying a dove in the colours of the Solomon Island flag and the background represents the Solomon Island flag as well.” Barbara Vollrath  IB Coordinator

ARMENIA, Quantum College

Here we have the drawing received from students in Quantum College Armenia.Thank you very much to Karotik Galstyan for this piece which incorporates the Armenian Flag.

We all wish Peace because it will make the World a better place to live.

Also special thanks to Varduhi Grigoryan (coordinator) for helping coordinate the project in this school.

The Quantum College is the first experimental non-governmental school in Armenia.

Interesting Armenian Flag Facts:
The Armenian flag is said to be karmir, kappoyt, narndjagooyn, an eastern Armenian pronunciation, which translates exactly into “red, blue, and orange.”

BELGIUM, World International School

Thank  you to everyone involved from The World International School in Belgium for this drawing.

“At World International School in Belgium, Class 6 & 7 (9-11 years) were asked to create a design for the peace quilt as part of their Art lesson.  Elisabeth Moulaert’s (aged 10) design (attached) was chosen as it incorporated all of the criteria and was clear and simple.  I hope it can be included in the peace quilt.

Kind regards,

Belinda Yates, Director of Primary. ”

We all wish for Peace because it is our life.

KYRGYZSTAN, Tolstoy School

What a wonderful surprise yesterday morning to receive drawings from The Kyrgyz  Republic.  Thank you so very much to all the young people from  Tolstoy School in Osh City, Kyrgyzstan. This school was burnt down in June 2010,and rebuilt before September 2011 by the Kyrgyz Government.

In addition to the extensive support provided to the newly built Tolstoy school, UNICEF supplied this school with all necessary furniture and equipment, including computers. It is also thanks to Olga Grebennikova from UNICEF  in this Country for coordinating the project here and sending these drawings.

It is fantastic to have young people from The Kyrgyz Republic  included especially as we thought we had not reached a school here yet. 🙂 A huge thank you to everyone involved from this school.All surprises like this are very welcome.

A small piece from an article about the saga of The Tolstoy School follows.

© UNICEF/Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, Osh Province, 24 August 2011. Well before the beginning of the academic year students were congregating around the new school, trying to help the builders with their final touches and assist teachers who were decorating walls.

Kyrgyzstan, Osh Province, 31 August 2011
 – Hundreds of children from Shark village have settled down in a new school after a year long journey. After the civil strife of June 2010 when their school was burnt down, they studied in tents. Then, when winter came, they moved to share the building of the hospitable Sharipov School.

And finally they have come back to their home village to enter a newly built school.For the children it has been an adventurous journey. “When we studied in tents, it was like an excursion. When it was too hot, we pulled up the walls and we could see fields around us” said Khojiakbar Yanguibaev, 17.  Muazam Mamadjanova, 15, added, “We could spend so much time outside, I even learnt to play football. We had two girls’ teams. It was great fun. I want to continue playing football.” This was not only a novelty for Muazam, but also a gender breakthrough for the whole community.

The director is a unique person who can speak about problems in the language of opportunities. Maybe that is why all his promises and plans come true. These included the construction of the new school building. He refused to let his children be dispersed among Osh schools. “It would have been impossible: the nearest schools are so far away. We are very thankful to UNICEF for all the great support they provided – buses, furniture, school materials and recreational kits for pre-school classes. However, the biggest thing was the provision of temporary learning spaces. Thanks to those tents, we remained together unlike another school – Hamza – whose children were sent to several other schools. This helped me to convince the authorities to start building a new school” he said.

The opening of the new school is an event which has been long awaited. A year ago, at the opening ceremony for the temporary learning space, in the midst of entertaining ceremonial activities and flowers, all parents were crying. None of them could believe that their children would stay and study together close to them. The tense faces of teachers and UNICEF staff contained traces of the sleepless nights when they had to carry the tents themselves from one place to another because of stress and hostility between people of different ethnic backgrounds.

All those troubles seem to be over now.

P.S Tents are very significant in the lives of the people from this country in that the emblem of a ‘yurt’ (or tent roof ) is inside the sun on The Kyrgyzstan Flag.This is the traditional tent used by the nomadic Kirghiz people.

HONDURAS, Happy Days School and Freedom High School

Thank you to everyone from The Happy Days School Freedom High School for holding a competition to choose this wonderful  drawing to represent them on The International Peace Quilt.

” We all wish for Peace because wars are the boundaries that keep us from enjoying life.”

Thanks also go to Luis Chavez , Licda. Marta Nohemi Borjas Gavarrete and everyone in this school.

The schools core values are Honor, Ethics, Liberty and Discipline which the school is totally committed to.

Honduran Flag Meaning:
The blue stripes represent the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The five stars represent the five nations of the United States of Central America (Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala) and the hope that the nations may form a union again.

GUATEMALA, Colegio Valle Verde

This is the chosen drawing to represent young people from Colegio Valle Verde and Guatemala on the International Peace Quilt. Thank you so much to everyone involved for really taking the project on. This school held a competition and choose this from many creative designs.

We all wish for Peace because it will unite us. 

” Without Claudia Abalde,our Art Department coordinator who organized Art teachers and students, this project would not have been possible. We are all very happy with the results! I thank God for this opportunity to work with you and for this inspiring project.”  Many Blessings  Paola De la Rosa.

Thank you all for this amazing  work.

 We all wish for Peace because we all need freedom.

We shouldn’t let our differences divide us ……we should use them to unite us !




We all wish for Peace because its meaning is the key for life.

We all wish for peace because we are the World

We all wish for peace because we will all be united and will work together with love and no discrimination

Guatemalan Flag Meaning:

In the Guatemalan flag’s coat of arms, the crossed rifles indicate Guatemala’s willingness to defend itself by war if need be; while the olive branches symbolize the preferred peace. The sky blue stripes represent the fact that Guatemala is located between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and the white stripe stands for the purity of the country’s values and peace.

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