Join in the fun with schools across the world and Stride for Truce

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Schools’ International Peace Quilt: Striding for TRUCE

Schools’ International Peace Quilt invite schools worldwide to join together in an Olympic themed project called ‘Stride for Truce’. The aim of Stride for TRUCE is to mobilise children all over the world for the promotion of the Olympic ideals of building a better and more peaceful world. The date chosen for this event is June 16th or a date as close to this as best fits in with respective school calendars.

The project style is based on past and present Olympic Races: 200 metres, 800 metres and 1500 metres taking the age of participants into account.

a. The Stadion Race founded in 776 BC Younger kids (kindergarten and 1st grade) to walk or jog 200 metres. The earliest measurement of the Stadion was 600 ancient feet or 192 metres).

b. The Diaulos Race founded in 724 BC Second grade and up, to walk or jog 800 metres. (The earliest measurement of the Diaulos was anywhere from 1400 to 4800 Greek feet).

c. The Dolichos Race founded in 720 BC This is a longer foot race and may be more appropriate for children over 12 or those with higher levels of fitness. The participants walk or jog 1500 metres. (The earliest measurement of this race would vary from 4409 feet to 15118.11 feet).

More information on event guidelines can be found on this site at

Or contact Schools International Peace Quilt group contact information @

UNITED KINGDOM St.Margaret Mary’s RC Primary School


Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith

Thank you so much to the students of St. Margaret Mary’s RC Primary School, Manchester UK for taking part in the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt project.

This first design has been drawn by Matthew Smith age 8 from year 3 who wrote: We all wish for peace because we want our world to be happy.

1.  “I think peace is all around the world and when people hold hands it shows the sign of peace.”
2. “I think peace is important because if there was no peace the whole world would always be in war.”
Amelia McCallum

The next drawing has been done by Amelia McCullum age 11.

Amelia says: We all wish for peace because innocent people are dying every day.

Amelia also wrote: “The news was on the telly, and it featured different countries at war.We will end up killing each other until there is no one left in the world.The world will die out because of nuclear bombs and things.”

Thank you to M Hall and all the staff in St. Margaret Mary’s RC Primary School who helped coordinate the project in this school.

British Flag History:
The British flag was adopted on January 1, 1801, making it one of the oldest flags in the world. The first British flag dates back to 1606 when it combined the flags of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland. Northern Ireland’s flag of St. Patrick was added in 1801 and completed the flag as we know it today. Wales isn’t represented separately on the flag because it had already been united with England by the time the first flag was formed in 1606.

The British flag’s more common name is the Union Jack.

AZERBAIJAN, Khazar University Dunya School

From Khazar University Dunya School in Azerbaijan we have received this lovely design created by Sitara Alizada in Grade 3.

2016 Azerbaijan Peace in picture - Sitara Alizada
Azerbaijan by Sitara Alizada

Sitara wrote: If we work as a team there will be peace and love everywhere.

Thank you to Sitara who incidently produced this design in one day for the 2016 art project. Well done.

Appreciation also to Rena Hasanova who helped us coordinate the project for Azerbaijan and without whose help and support we would not have representation for this country.

The flag of Azerbaijan was officially adopted on February 5, 1991.

After gaining its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, this flag, dating back to 1920, was hoisted for all to see. It features three equal horizontal bands of blue, red, and green. A crescent and eight-pointed star, symbols of Islam, are centered in the red band. The country had a long alliance with Turkey, and the blue color has long been associated with the Turkic peoples. Green is said to symbolize the strong European influences on local culture.



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