International Peace Quilt has been recognised by London 2012 for the work it is doing to promote peace through sport and culture with an additional recognition. This project has already been awarded the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Program, for the work it has been doing to engage students and their teachers in promoting peace between all countries and cultures through art and the formation of One Peace Quilt.
International Peace Quilt has now also become part of London 2012’s TRUCE, which recognises projects that help to promote the Olympic Truce by building a better and more peaceful world through sport and the Olympic Ideal.
The Olympic Truce Mission
The mission of the International Olympic Truce Foundation is to promote the Olympic Ideals, to serve peace, friendship and international understanding. In particular, to uphold the observance of the Olympic Truce, calling for all hostilities to cease during the Olympic Games and beyond, and mobilizing the youth of the world in the cause of peace. The International Olympic Truce Centre is dedicated to creating the necessary support framework for the observance of the Olympic Truce and for the global promotion of a culture of peace, in accordance with the principles and policies established by the foundation.
The Olympic Truce originated during the ancient Olympic Games when fighting ceased for seven days before and seven days after the Games, allowing athletes, artists and spectators to travel to Olympia, participate in the Olympic Games and return to their homelands in peace.
In the 21st century, the core principle of the Olympic Truce is to build a more peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal and to use sport to promote and encourage peace, mutual respect, reconciliation, and conflict resolution between and within communities.
Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said “The main principle behind the Olympic Truce today is to help to build a better and more Peaceful world through sport and the Olympic ideal. We are delighted that The International Peace Quilt is not only helping us to bring the Youth of the World together in the cause of Peace, but is also using Sport, Culture and Art to promote World Peace.”
A very special THANK YOU to EVERYONE involved so far in this project, to all the World`s schools, their amazing creative students, their wonderful teachers who have given of their valuable time, to Lucy Tasker`s amazing contribution, and The Abrahammoss School Manchester, to other partners in the Project, The Guisborough Rotary Club, Guisborough Quilters and to the Redcar & Cleveland Neighbourhood Management Team. Also to Peace One Day for making available their Global Education Resource free to all schools and to Helen Burns in Peace Direct for guidance early on in the project. To everyone who has helped with a contact, this project would not have been possible without you all.
“I feel a very unusual sensation, if it is not indigestion, it must be gratitude.” Benjamin Disraeli.
“Children are one third of our population and ALL of our Future.”
Thank you for them all.