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.
Thank you to all the students and staff from Manzano Day School in Albuquerque, U.S. and to Piper from the 3rd grade for the winning design in the school’s competition. This is one of a few schools taking part from this country.
Piper says: We all wish for peace so no more war and suffering will happen again.
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.
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 valor, 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all wish for peace because without peace earth would be a disaster by Amer Machmouchi age 10
We all wish for peace to have a beautiful family and life by Sacha Ghosn age 10
We all wish for peace because then we will be safe by Kristin Kharrat age 10
Keep Calm and Love Peace by Aya El Tibi age 10
Peace is Life by Ghina Arayssi age 7
Peace by Lyana Bou Hamad age 7
We all wish for peace because we want to love each other by Mark Joe Khalife age 7
We need Peace all over the world by Mustafa Hariri age 7
We need peace because we want to live with our friends by Nouria Felder age 7
Peace is life by Talia Al Ahdab age 7
Peace by Zoe Annan age 7
Peace of Lebanon by Karen Nahle age 10
We all wish for peace because with peace all the world will be safe and not at war by Ralph Skaff age 10
We all wish for peace because we don’t like war by Rhea Karameh age 10
We all wish for peace because we want to live Free by Tamara El Khazen age 10
We all wish for peace because it makes us happy by Tara Melhem age 10
We wish for peace because we need to be happy by Lara Feghali age 7
Peace for everyone by Chiara Tabet age 10
We all wish for peace because if there is war all the countries will be destroyed by Karim Bahri age 10
We all wish for peace because we are the same people by Luna Muallem age 10
Peace is the key to happiness by Nour Fawaz age 10
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.
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.
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 (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 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 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 (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.
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.
Meaning of the Palestinian flag
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.
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?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.