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.”

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


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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.

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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.



KUWAIT, New English School

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We welcome these lovely designs from students of the New English School in Kuwait. This first design has been drawn by Abad Ullah Awan  Class L6.2

We all want peace because it gives love no borders!

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We all wish for peace because… it is our only Future!

Jenan Razian Class 9.3

2016 Kuwait Hala AbdulGhafour 7.5-page-001We all wish for peace because we are one big happy family and together we could be a better world

Hala Abdul Ghafour Class 7.5

2016 Kuwait Tahraa Lari 9.3-page-001We all wish for peace because CHILDREN need to live PEACEFULLY 

Tahraa Lari Class 9.3

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We all wish for peace because we are humanity and humanity means every soul matters! 

 Riyam AlEnezi Class 11.7

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We all wish for peace because it will help us get along and to stop fighting.

Shahed Taj Class 9.3

A huge thank you to Tania Shah Povia for coordinating the 2016 Peace Quilt entries for Kuwait and to all the students involved. A special thanks also to the school Principal for allowing the school to participate.

Interesting Kuwait Flag Facts:

Up until 1961 the flag of Kuwait was always based on a red background.

Kuwait has used 24 different flags since 1714.



2016 Domican Republic St. Patrick School peace quilt project - 2-1-pageFrom the St. Patrick School of Santo Domingo we have received these colourful designs. Well done to every student involved.

The first design reads: We all wish for Peace because we want a better place to live!

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Worldwide Peace. Think for Better Solutions!

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Make Peace bloom in our world!

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 We all wish for peace because without it the world would have wars, depressing and sad. Peace makes the world happy and without any wars.

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We all wish for Peace because world needs it… Peace


We all wish for peace because a world without Peace is a world without love and a world without love is…nothing!

Thank you so much to Valoree Lebron, Elementary Principal, Ms. Rosa Quiñones, Art Teacher and to all the students for their great work.

Dominican Republic Flag Meaning:
The blue in the Dominican Republic flag stands for liberty; the colour red for the fire and bloodshed of the struggle for independence; and the white cross symbolizes the sacrifice of the people.

ERITREA, Semaetat Secondary School Asmara

2016 Eritrea Semaetat Secondary School Asmara

From Eritrea and the Semaetat Secondary school we have received this dual design. These two designs were drawn by two boys Danait Yosief age 10 and Haben Ressom age 11 and were joined as one so as to fit the A4 required size for the International Quilt.

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The above design was drawn by Hespon Goitom age 10.

This school has done well in getting their submissions to us as they had no network in order to scan their drawings. The Headmaster went to the next village where he was able to capture the drawings by using a camera and sent them to us from there.

Thank you so much to everyone for doing what they could to be involved no matter the barriers.

Eritrean Flag Meaning:
The green stripe symbolizes the agricultural and livestock economy of Eritrea. The red stands for the blood shed during Eritrea’s struggle for independence. The blue represents the marine wealth while the yellow represents the mineral wealth of Eritrea. The olive wreath and branch on the flag originate from Eritrea’s first national flag which was used between 1952 and 1959. The olive wreath was adopted from the United Nations flag and symbolizes peace.

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