GERMANY,H.I.S. Heidelberg International School

JulianWe welcome designs from the Grade 3 class in the H.I.S. Heidelberg International School in Germany. This first picture has been painted by Julian Heisler whose expression for peace involves the planting of peace flowers.

We all wish for peace because peace is a scene of family time. No fighting. Just quiet time to relax.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

Peace rising above a bombing war zone.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because in war no body wins and people just die. Peace spreads around the world sending friendship and quiet.

The first picture above has been created by Alex and the second jointly by Ella Vielhaber and Isabella Hankins.

Alex wrote: We all wish for peace because everyday lots of people die and we don’t want that.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

A war being fought with Peace.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because nobody likes dying.

Ella and Isabella say: We all wish for peace because peace is loving, caring and respectful. And we want those things.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

Hoping that the world will be peaceful.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because everyone could get along and live in one spot without having to move to a different country.

Oliver Mylon and Jennifer Lee wrote: We all wish for peace because everyday thousands and thousands of people in war die. The world is not in peace, not even close.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

That the real fighter planes would drop out flowers not bombs.

Why do you think peace is important?

Peace could save millions of lives and if the world just keeps getting worse more and more people will die.

Tatsuki Yamamoto who painted the second design above says: We all wish for peace because peace makes us free.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

Flowers are better than war. Peace is better than war. War is bad and dark.

Why do you think peace is important?

Children can grow up safely. They can go to school. Their future will be good.

Next we have, We love peace. It’s fun! by Ryan Elgihani and Laura Kloeve.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

A man shooting fireworks and a rainbow over a unicorn.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because peace is good and war is bad.

Amir How and Amir Alberg jointly created the adjoining design. We all wish for peace because we will be helping each other and we will have some relaxing life without any war.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

That war was a horrible thing.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because if there was no peace the world would be chaos.

Vivienne Cox wrote: We all wish for peace because it will make the world a better place for all living things to live in.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

Making a war setting with a small amount of peace in it and enough peace to hopefully make a change to someone.

Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is important because no one will get hurt, nothing will get destroyed.

For the next design Evan wrote: We all wish for peace because ones peace comes from inside, it is what shows a person for who they are. This sense is often lost in times of war which is why it is often easy to miss it. So in a larger sense that is why you have to keep it and protect as well as you can. Otherwise the world will become hate and turmoil just as so many countries have been eroded away by it.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

My picture shows a moral. In war love is most important. But it also shows something else; sometimes technology evolves faster than the time it takes for the world to recover.

Why do you think peace is important?

If peace was something of the past, what do you think would happen? What would we learn was wrong or right? Peace helps us learn whether we need to change something. Without peace we would not evolve or adapt, we would be the same always.

 The above design has been painted by May whose quote reads: We all wish for peace so we don’t kill each other.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

So we can live in peace.

Why do you think peace is important?

So we can have lots of plants and trees for air.

The final piece of art has been done by Christopher who wrote:We all wish for peace because war can kill us.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

How hard it is to keep peace.

Why do you think peace is important?

Living creatures everywhere can live happily.

A massive thank you to Prudence Boulter, Grade 3 Classroom Teacher and to all of the children in Class 3 for their lovely artistic paintings. Additional thanks to Allyn Raw, Deputy Director, Primary School Principal for coordinating the 2016 project for Germany.

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.

Malta, Marsaskala Primary Stride for Truce

From the Marsaskala Primary School in Malta we have received their YouTube video of the organised event. Well done to everyone involved.

Please check it out here.




Bahrain St Christopher’s School Stride for Truce

Bahrain Stride for Truce 2016As part of the House Sports Week, our Senior School students supported the Stride for Truce 2016 initiative on Thursday 16 June. The aim of this event was to mobilise young people all over the world for the promotion of the Olympic ideals of building a better and more peaceful world.

The Youth Olympics Oath was read over the Tannoy by Dana Tartir and students were encouraged to show good sportsmanship while competing. The Peace Day Committee, composed of Sixth Form students, organised races for Years 7, 8 and 9 including 100m sprint, 100m race walking and 100m rope skipping. 

 The Youth Olympics Oath:  In the name of all the coaches and other members of the athletes’ entourage, I promise that we shall commit ourselves to ensuring that the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play is fully adhered to and upheld in accordance with the fundamental principles of Olympism.

By Rola Al Hammoud Mathematics Teacher / Head of Year 13

As it is extremely hot in Bahrain at this time of year the event was held indoors. Races were also adapted so they were doable for the students (some were also fasting for Ramadan). A very well done to all those who participated.

Following is the link to the article on the school website

Bahrain Flag Meaning:
The triangles on the white serrated stripe represent the five pillars of Islam. The colour red is supposed to represent the Kharijite sect of Islam. Bahrain’s older flags used to be entirely red, but a white stripe was added in the 19th Century to indicate truces Bahrain had made with neighboring countries. The serrated triangles were added to the white strips to distinguish the Bahranian flag from the flags of its neighboring countries.

BENIN, The English International School Stride for Truce

This year The English International School Benin linked their ‘Sports Day’ with the Stride for Truce/Peace Project, the aim of which is to mobilise youths globally for the Olympic ideals of building a more peaceful world.

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Benin Stride for Truce 2016

Under clement skies in the heart of Cotonou’s rainy season, our children competed in fun races and games, sporting their ‘Stride for Peace’ t-shirts in the colours of their houses: Einstein, Newton and Mandela. We marked the start of the event by striding and then jogging around the school field 3 times. Even our youngest ones were able to keep pace for the sake of peace! A grand time was had by all.

By Rebecca Khelseau-Carsky
Head teacher

Benin Flag Meaning:
The colours of the Benin flag are explained in the Benin’s national anthem as such – the green represents hope and revival; the red symbolizes the courage of ancestors; and the yellow represents the country’s wealth. The colours are traditional Pan-African colours.


KENYA, Jabez Community School

From Kenya we have received these designs from the Jabez Community School to join in the 2016 International Peace Quilt Project.

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Emmanuel Nzioki

This first design has been drawn by Emmanuel Nzioki and says: Having fun without anything dangerous happening around is a sign of peace.

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Ishmael Oghari

The next design is by Ishmael Oghari and says Peace in the World.

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The final design reads: Peace is Love 

Thank you to Head Girl, Betty for sending the designs through and to all the students involved from the Jabez Community Orphanage School. Additional thanks to Jabes Odhiambo for coordinating the project for Kenya. We are delighted to have you all included.

Kenyan Flag Description:
The flag of Kenya consists of three horizontal stripes – the top stripe is black; the middle one is red; and the bottom stripe is green. The red stripe in the middle is bordered on the top and bottom by a thin white stripe. There is an emblem in the center of the flag that consists of a Masai warrior’s shield and spears.


Malta, Xewkija Primary School Stride for Truce

Stride for Truce 2016

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Opening Ceremony


Wonderful pictures from the Xewkija Primary School in Malta who took part in Stride for Truce 2016.


The opening ceremony in Malta consisted of the Olympic song being sung, the doves of peace, a parade which included the carrying of the Olympic flame and rings.


 Pupils then took part in both the Stadion and Diaulos races.


The closing ceremony included the presentation of certificates to winners and to all those who participated. This was followed by the national anthems of Greece (birthplace of the Olympic Games),Brazil (2016 host) and Japan (2020 host).

Well done to all the pupils, staff and Head Frankline Zammit Galea for coordinating a wonderful and fun event.

Albania Shkolla NEHEMIA Stride for Truce


The pupils of Nehemia School, Pogradec, Albania, joyfully joined the peace-loving army of school children all over the world, demonstrating their love for peace through competing fairly in running. Shkolla Nehemia, is a non- public school part of NEHEMIAH GATEWAY ALBANIA non-profit organisation.

Shkolla Nehemia, Albania Stride for Truce 2016
The crowning of those victorious with wild olive leaves in the form of a wreath.


“I really thank Zinete Osmani, Klevis Cane, Ermonela Rena for their devotion and responsibility; Rovena Tasellari, Blerina Malasi, Jeta Cano, F. Hasanllari for their support, and Gazi Berberi for the peace-symbol-branches.”

Luiza Besholli, Head of Youth Education.

Thank you to Luiza and everyone from Shkolla Nehemia for bringing this together for Albania.

Albania Flag Meaning:
The eagle is taken from an Albanian folk tale. The eagle faithfully watches over and guides the king or the “son of the eagle.”

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