SLOVENIA, Primary School Col / Osnovna Sola Col

Primary School Col
Primary School Col


A very well done to all the children from the Primary School Col in Slovenia for these colourful designs which give a powerful message for peace.

Silva Karim said, “Today my pupils have finished the Peace Quilt. Children who made the quilt are aged from 7 to 11. Their names are written on their own pieces. Some of them do not learn English yet, so I have helped them to translate and to write their quotes as well. I hope that our Peace Quilt could bring a small crumb for peace all over the world.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A warm  thank you to Silva Karim for coordination of the project and to all the wonderful young children who have taken part in the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt. Well done.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Flag Description
The flag of Slovenia consists of three equal sized horizontal stripes. The top stripe is white, the middle blue and the bottom stripe is red. In the upper left corner of the Slovenian flag, centered between the white and blue stripe, is the country’s coat of arms which consists of the three-peaked Triglav Mountain, the highest mountain in Slovenia, and three yellow stars.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Manzano Day School, Albuquerque

2016 United States by Piper

Thank you to all the students and staff from Manzano Day School in Albuquerque, U.S. and to Piper from 3rd grade for the winning design in their school’s competition.

Piper says: We all wish for peace so no more war and suffering will happen again. 

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

When Piper was creating the drawing, she was very interested in symbols for peace, particularly the dove and olive branch. She felt that these two things were very important to her picture so that her message could be understood even if someone could not understand English.

 2) Why do you think peace is important?

Piper feels that peace is important so that the pain of war will forever be ended.

Channery Nakai, coordinator of the project said, “She was creative in creating the American flag by turning the stars and stripes into leaves on the tree. Thanks for letting me participate in this again! It really is an honour.”

Additional thanks to Channery as for 2012, Channery helped coordinate the project in one of the Albanian schools. The Schools’ International Peace Quilt team are very grateful that Channery has followed the project on for 2016

Manzano Day School is dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching, and Joy in Learning® to prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement in our diverse world.

 American Flag Meaning:
The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies of the US: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia. The 50 stars represent the individual states that make up the nation. Popular history states the red of the flag represents valour, white stands for liberty or purity and blue represents justice, loyalty and perseverance. These meanings are unofficial though.

Interesting American Flag Fact:
The American flag is often called “the stars and stripes” or “Old Glory.”


JAMAICA, Hillel Academy High School

Christina Changpong
Christina Changpong

Students from the Hillel Academy High School in Kingston, Jamaica submit their designs for the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt. The first design has been created by Christina Changpong age 12.

Christina says: We all wish for peace because peace is another word for love. Peace reminds everyone not to hate.

Ganga Laheja
Ganga Laheja

This second design has been done by Ganga Laheja age 12.

Ganga says: PEACE is important because it brings joy, happiness, friendship, love and much more in our lives so that we can live in harmony.

Rachel Chandley
Rachel Chandley

The third design has been drawn by Rachel Chandley age 12.

Rachel says: If we had peace the world would be happier and there would be no war or violence. People also would not have to steal or kill to survive.

A big thank you to everyone involved, to Angela Worton for coordination, to all staff and to all students who played their part.

Description of Flag

The flag of Jamaica has two diagonal yellow lines forming a cross on the flag, which section it off in four parts. The top and bottom sections are equal-sized green triangles, and the left and right sections are equal-sized black triangles.

The Jamaican flag is symbolized by the motto: ‘Hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shineth’. The black triangles represent the adversity Jamaica has overcome and for hardships it may have in the future. The green triangles represent hope and agriculture and the golden saltire (diagonal cross) stands for the mineral wealth of Jamaica and sunlight.

LEBANON, International College of Beirut – Elementary School

Representing the Lebanon and the International College of Beirut – Elementary School,  in Ras Beirut and Ain Aar, we have this wonderful selection of drawings and paintings done by some amazing 7 and 10 year olds. Well done to them and a thank you to everyone involved.

Amer Machmouchi
Amer Machmouchi

We all wish for peace because without peace earth would be a disaster by Amer Machmouchi age 10

Sacha Ghosn
Sacha Ghosn

We all wish for peace to have a beautiful family and life by Sacha Ghosn age 10

Kristin Kharat
Kristin Kharrat

We all wish for peace because then we will be safe by Kristin Kharrat age 10

Aya El Tibi

Keep Calm and Love Peace by Aya El Tibi age 10

Ghina Arayssi
Ghina Arayssi

Peace is Life by Ghina Arayssi age 7

Lyana- bou- Hamad
Lyana Bou Hamad

Peace by Lyana Bou Hamad age 7

Mark Joe Khalife

We all wish for peace because we want to love each other by Mark Joe Khalife age 7

Mustafa Hariri
Mustafa Hariri

We need Peace all over the world by Mustafa Hariri age 7

Nouria- Felder
Nouria Felder

We need peace because we want to live with our friends by Nouria Felder age 7

Talia-Al- Ahdab
Talia Al  Ahdab

Peace is life by Talia Al Ahdab age 7

Zoe Annan

Peace by Zoe Annan age 7

Karen Nahle
Karen Nahle

Peace of Lebanon by Karen Nahle age 10

Ralph Skaff
Ralph Skaff

We all wish for peace because with peace all the world will be safe and not at war by Ralph Skaff age 10

Rhea - Karameh
Rhea Karameh

We all wish for peace because we don’t like war by Rhea Karameh age 10

Tamara-El- Khazen
Tamara El Khazen

We all wish for peace because we want to live Free by Tamara El Khazen age 10

Tara Melhen
Tara Melhem

We all wish for peace because it makes us happy by Tara Melhem age 10

Lara Feghali
Lara Feghali

We wish for peace because we need to be happy by Lara Feghali age 7

Chiara Tabet age 10
Chiara Tabet

Peace for everyone by Chiara Tabet age 10

Karim Bahri
Karim Bahri

We all wish for peace because if there is war all the countries will be destroyed by Karim Bahri age 10

Luna Muallen
Luna Muallem

We all wish for peace because we are the same people by Luna Muallem age 10

Nour Fawaz
Nour Fawaz

Peace is the key to happiness by Nour Fawaz age 10

Tamara Maad
Tamara Maad

We all wish for peace because we need a safe life – All you need is Peace by Tamara Maad age 10

What an amazing job by all concerned. This school inspires learners of today to be global citizen leaders of tomorrow.

Thank you all and especially to Samia Nasr Boulad for coordinating such a big project in your school. Additional thanks also to art teachers Mrs. Layla Hamasni and Mrs. Lara Mansour.  All your work is much appreciated.

Flag Description

The flag of Lebanon consists of two equal-sized red horizontal stripes that are placed at the top and bottom of the flag. In between the red stripes is a white stripe that is equal in size to the red stripes. In the middle of the flag and white stripe there is an image of a green cedar tree.

The cedar tree represents peace, immortality and tolerance. The red stripes symbolize martyrdom and self-sacrifice, and the white represents the snow-capped peaks of Lebanon’s mountains. Historically, red and white have symbolized the Kayssites (red) and the Yemmenites (white), who were opposing clans within the Lebanese territory between 634 and 1711.

PALESTINE, Friends Boys School

Jenan and Marwa Afaneh
Jenan and Marwa Afaneh

Representing Palestine and the Friends Boys School in the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt, we have this wonderful design created by Jenan and Marwa Afaneh aged 14 and 15. Though the name of this school is Friends Boys School, it is actually a mixed school and Jenan and Marwa are both girls.

The girls quote: We all wish for peace because we want to live.

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

When we created this drawing we thought of the famous landmarks of some countries while drawing, since we wanted to unite the different countries together through our picture. We incorporated the drawing of the white pigeon in our whole drawing because the pigeon stands as a symbol for peace.

2) Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is important because it affects life in so many ways. Peace means order, discipline, prosperity and benefits; we all feel safe when our life is peaceful.

We are delighted to receive further designs from the Friends Boys School.

Musa Musa
Musa Musa

Musa Musa (15 years old)

1) The first thing that was on my mind while I was creating my drawing is Unity and love.

2) I think that peace is important because without it there is no unity and love.

Musa says: We all want Peace because Peace Brings Light.

Nadine Nadour
Nadine Bahour

Nadine Bahour (15 years old)

1) Many people do deserve peace regardless of the reason they deserve it. All humans deserve peace because each person has gone through so much in his life.

2) Peace may never be completely achieved in this world simply because we are incomplete but reaching any stage of it is essential to ensure a safer and better life. In a way, people can create great memories rather than horrific ones, people can also live together without boundaries.

Nadine says: We want peace because we are all Human!

 Nizar Abu
Nizar Abu Shararah

Nizar Abu Shararah (14 years old)

1) I was thinking that I wanted to display my idea about peace in a neat way since my perspective of world peace is really important to me and my country.

2) People are all the same, without peace, justice and equality cannot be established between us on earth.

Nizar says:  We all wish for peace because we are all the same …

Rand Abu Al Homos
Rand Abu Al Homos

Rand Abu Al Homos (12 years old)

1) In my drawing, I dream of tomorrow, of a beautiful future for us Palestinians.

 2) Peace is important because it means living happily and freely. Children deserve sweet dreams, a safe home and a happy family.

Rand says: We all wish for peace because we want to live our dreams.

Palestinian designs
Palestinian designs

Thank you very much to everyone in this school for their amazing contributions and to art teacher Galina Barghouti  for organizing the competition within the school.

Some of the staff and students involved
Some of the staff and students involved
“I would like to thank you for inviting our school to participate in this project. One of the missions of our school is to raise internationally minded people who can create a better and more peaceful world, therefore, working with this project helped us join our hands together in making peace more of a reality rather than a dream. The students were very exited to share their thoughts about peace.” Galina 
Last year this school also organised a marathon in honor of the Olympic games.


Meaning of the Palestinian flag

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Originally, the Palestinian flag was a representation of the Arab revolt against the Ottoman rule in the beginning of the 20th century. Each of the 4 colors represents a certain Arab dynasty. The red represents the Hashemite’s dynasty, which was related to the prophet’s grandfather. The Green stands for the Fatimids, who are descendants of the prophet’s daughter Fatima. The white stands for the Umayyads, who were the successors of the prophet’s son in law, Ali. Finally, the black stands for the Abbasids, who claim to be the descendants of Abbas, the prophet’s uncle. Aside from the political meaning, the flag carries several symbolic meanings: Green stands for the Palestinian lands, white for peace and serenity, red stands for the sacrifices made for this land and black stands for the sadness and mourning of those who died protecting their land.It’s also said that the triangle represents a mountain and is a symbol of the connection between earth and heaven.

PORTUGAL, Vale Verde International School

Siena Toi Year 6
Siena Toi Year 6
Here we have the entry from the Vale Verde International School in the Algarve representing Portugal. The children were given an opportunity to create designs for the quilt during their Art lessons and Clare Jones, Head of Primary has sent us their best design.

Siena Toi in Year 6 created this picture – She wrote:

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

“When I was drawing I thought we need peace, look at what has happened to this world”

2. Why do you think peace is important?

“It is important because
war = kill
peace = happy”
Siena’s quote reads: We all wish for peace because GOD gave us life.
Thank you so much to Clare, all the staff, Siena and all students for their participation.


Portuguese Flag Meaning:
The red section represents the Portuguese revolution of 1910 and the green represents hope. The white shield consists of five blue shields with five white dots. The blue shields represent the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques I, victory over five Moorish kings and the divine assistance he received to do so is represented by the five dots, which symbolize the five wounds of Christ. Arranged in a cross the shields represent Christianity. The red border featuring seven castles symbolizes the extension of Portugal’s territory to include the Algarve. Behind the arms there is a navigational instrument, an armillary sphere. It celebrates Prince Henry the Navigator, who initiated the maritime exploration that led to Portugal’s one time colonial empire.

UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS, Charlotte Amalie High School, St Thomas

Wazah James
Wazah James

To represent the US Virgin Islands, this colourful design has been created by Wazah James, a Grade 10 student who is 15 years old. Wazah attends the Charlotte Amalie High School, CAHS. Charlotte Amalie is the name of the only town on St. Thomas, one of the islands of this territory.

Wazah says:

We all wish for Peace because it keeps us together.

The heart above the “peace dove” is a replica of the Virgin Islands flag.  The flag looks just like the drawing! 

Thank you to everyone involved with additional thanks to Sue Boland of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands for coordinating the project.

Sue says, “Wazah will  receive a $100 cash prize from our Rotary group and we are also donating $100 to the school for art supplies.  It was a fun project and I thank you for asking us to participate.”


Virgin Islands (United States) Flag Meaning:
The letters V and I, on either side of the eagle stand for the Virgin Islands. The three arrows being held by the eagle symbolize St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John; which are the three main islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands. The eagle holds the olive leaf in the other claw.The white base of the flag symbolizes purity, and the eagle is displayed with the shield of the United States on its chest.

The Children’s Book of Peace – World Book Day 2015

Marilyn Sylvester with The Children's Book of Peace
Marilyn Sylvester names her favourite book for World Book Day 2015

The Children’s Book of Peace

With conflict, terror and political unrest dominating the headlines day after day, my favourite book has to be: The Children’s Book of Peace. This publication evolved after the creation of the ‘first ever’ Schools’ International Peace Quilt that was founded in my home town of Guisborough. Hot off the press and documented within its pages, are school children’s colourful illustrations (all 211 of them from 203 countries) expressing how they feel peace can be achieved. Each drawing is displayed alongside the name of the creator(s) as well as their stories. Included, is further information about flags, populations, currencies, religions and much more besides. With guidance from their teachers, not only does The Children’s Book of Peace symbolically commemorate World Book Day through its rich celebration of cultural diversity; additionally, this book’s ongoing legacy is still being told through the universal language of visual art to celebrate Rio 2016!

The Children’s Book of Peace will be published on demand in the next few weeks and costs £27 each plus the cost of shipping. For further information, please email:

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AUSTRIA, St. Gilgen International School

Diana St Gilgen International School Peace Quilt 2016Here we have the design chosen to represent young people of Austria and the St. Gilgen International School, for the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt. Thank you to Diana for her lovely piece.

Diana says:

We all wish for Peace because people deserve to live in Love, Happiness and Peacefulness. Peace brings Hope.

Special thanks also to Kirsty Lamont for coordinating the project for Austria and to everyone who took part in the school.

 “We love this project and the students are just so proud to be apart of it.”

Legend has it that Duke Leopold V. of Austria (1157-1194) was involved in a battle during the Crusades, and after the fight his white battledress was soaked in blood. When he removed his belt, though, the cloth underneath was still white. That very sight is said to have inspired the red, white and red stripes on the Austrian flag.

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