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

http://www.eis-benin.org/news/e-i-s-sports-day.html

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.

 

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KENYA, Jabez Community School

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Emmanuel Nzioki

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

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.

 

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.

GABON, Ecole Ruban Vert

From Gabon we welcome this huge selection of drawings from the students of Ecole Ruban Vert. Well done to each and everyone!

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Vanina Sezaloryyr in year 8 shares her message: We all wish for peace because we need a better world without conflicts, to develop our world.

Two more designs by Yelena in Year 7 and Zoe in Year 8.

Yelena says: We all wish for peace because it avoids wars.

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

It’s a bird released in the air gliding.

2.Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is important because without it nothing positive can be done. Life is meaningless without peace for humans, animals and plants.

Zoe wrote: We all wish for peace because everyone deserves to live in peace with each other.

  1. What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing? I was thinking about Libreville, and how freed slaves travelled here and founded a new city where they could all live in peace. I decided that this was important to show when talking about peace in Gabon, and so I drew people of different ages, to represent the fact that no matter how you look or what age you are, you deserve peace. I drew the hands reaching up to show that all people have the right to aspire towards a future where all nations are in peace.

2. Why do you think peace is important? Peace is vital to develop and grow as a person, as a group, as a nation, as a planet. Without peace we cannot live a good life. Peace brings hope and the prospect of a better tomorrow. If we can all learn to live in peace, who knows what we will be able to do?

These next designs have been drawn by Iona, Nashe, Miriam, Joséphine, Maryam and Jiyun.

Iona says: We all wish for peace because we are stronger than ever together.

Top right and Nashe says: We all wish for peace because… TOGETHER WE ARE ONE!

Next and Miriam’s quote is: We all wish for peace because life is too short to fight.

Third down on the right, we have Joséphine’s design: We all wish for peace because we all wish for freedom and love.


Joséphine went on to answer the questions:

  1. What was on your mind when you were creating your design?  When I was drawing my picture I thought of religion and how every religion was connected to each other. I also thought of how we shouldn’t have war because of religions,  because every religion has one thing in common, it is that every religion believes in one God. This God doesn’t say to make war because of Him. He is here to bring Peace and every God of every religion loves everyone, even if they don’t believe in him.

2. Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is important because it is the opposite of war. If we don’t do Peace we explode the earth because if no one starts doing peace then everybody will start doing war and kill the innocent. Everybody is innocent and war is not a solution. Violence doesn’t help. Peace is not only stopping war but it is also being equal, no racism and not putting people a part from a group or person.

Bottom left and we have Maryam’s design: We all wish for peace because war is not the solution for solving problems.

  1. Well first I thought about peace. And I came up with the earth that is hurt because of war. Then I thought about a hand that makes a heart, trying to help the earth. The Alien for me is different types of people and nationalities, because alien is an imaginary organism, so it can represent whichever you want.
  2. Peace is important because war can not solve your problems. By making war, you make more problems, because by trying to solve problems with violence, you make even more of them.

And finally in this section we have Jiyun’s design. Jiyun says: We all wish for peace because we want to be friends together.

1.In my mind I had some wishes. I want all people to stick together. If we stick together we can create abundance. We can solve our worries. I saw a TV show about a peace promise where everyone became very friendly and exchanged a lot of things, like we do with our friends. So I was thinking about the peace promise of being friends together. Also, I put different people which represent nationalities. I want to say that there are no rules that we can’t be friends with other nationalities. And when I was thinking about this, I thought about peace. For me the word peace means to be “Happy”. I am very happy when I am with my friends. Being in an international school, I think about nationality. When I meet a new friend from another nationality, I want to know more interesting things about their country. So when I was creating my drawing, I wanted to put my own story which can effect change for other people.

2. Peace is important because it gets rid of our fear. For example in Asia, there are conversations about a country shooting missiles. They are scared it might come to war. Because they don’t have peace they are frightened. Fear makes the situation worse. It is important to have peace so we are all happy and not sad or tired of fighting each other.

Above are designs drawn by Adan, Ailsa, Aananya, Alexia, Arnav and Bhadra.

Adan says: I wish for peace because I love life.

To the right of Adan’s design is one from Ailsa in year 5 who wrote: We all wish for peace because war is not a solution.

  1. Peace to me means kindness, no war and fair trade. You don’t have to be best friends but you should still be able to get along. You don’t have to play in the playground together, you just shouldn’t fight when you are together or even not together. Even friends have a few disagreements sometimes but you always get over them. I think it should be the same with war, you have a disagreement – so what, it’s just part of your life, get over it and move on. The one thing I don’t understand is why some grown ups can’t understand that it’s one fight – get over it. I think the thing is that some people are self-righteous and in a war they fight because the people are self- righteous and they just want their idea to be the one they are going to use. And that is why I think people are a bit stubborn.

2. When I was drawing the picture, I was thinking about the peace between war and peace and the things that could represent peace, the different ways to draw peace.

Second on the left is Aananya’s design. I wish for peace because peace is tranquillity, happiness and harmony.

Second on the right is Alexia’s drawing. We all wish for peace because if everyone wants peace, we will live in harmony. I choose peace and you?

1.While drawing my picture, I thought of peace in the world. The hand represents peace as a symbol. In the street when a friend gives their hand, I say: Peace my brother or my sister. Its a very popular sign. Below the hand in my drawing is the peace symbol, you can see this symbol everywhere, maybe on a necklace, earring or tattoo. Peace and love can be discovered everywhere, on a shirt during a peace demonstration, on placards where peace and love is written. I also drew mickey mouse because mickey mouse is a celebrity and very popular with children. Therefore if mickey mouse chooses peace, children will follow.

2.Peace is very important for the world because without it we would have to live in a world of war and chaos. But if we choose peace, we will live in a world of peace and kindness.

The next design has been created by Arnav. We all wish for peace because we have the right to a brighter future.

And finally Bhadra’s design from year 10. We all wish for peace because the more united we are, the stronger.

I thought of the white dove and the circular peace sign because they both represent peace. I also included the flags of where I come from and where I live.

These next four drawings have been created by Durva, Hrishika, Désiré and Kayla.

Durva says: We all wish for peace because war is wrong.

Hrishika says: We all wish for peace because we don’t want people to get injured.

Désiré in Year 9 wrote: Peace is important because peace is affection and security;  in children,  it is joy and discovery; in adolescents peace can translate into confidence, agreement, contact with nature; for adults, peace is being in a stable job, at home, at leisure; in the elderly, peace becomes an emotional feeling and a sense of security.

I drew while I was thinking about another form of representation of peace than the usual form. I wanted to try to make an original form representing peace through art.

Kayla wrote: Je me suis dit que la France et le Gabon pouvai entetre de meilleurs amis

La paix est importante pour moi parce que quand on fait la bagarre il peut y avoir des morts et des blessés

This next selection of drawings have been done by Padraic, Rishith, Mohammed, Jasmine and Victoria  

Padraic says: We all wish for peace because it brings happiness.

Rishith says: We all wish for peace because it solves all the problems.

Mohammed’s quote: We all wish for peace because we feel happy.

  1. In my mind I wanted to add good colour to help you understand peace. I also added plants and beautiful houses which are peaceful.
  2. Peace is important because nobody that kills anyone feels happy.

The next message from Jasmine Stapleton in yr 5 says: We all wish for peace because … is not the solution.

Victoria’s drawing shares the message, We all wish for peace because a peaceful world is better than a chaotic one.

1.I was thinking how yoga is so peaceful so that is what I drew

2.I think peace is important because if their wasn’t any peace at all in the world, there would be wars everywhere. 

The final designs have been created by Winona, Lily, Hilary and Fatima

Winona’s message: We all wish for peace because we do not want war, we want peace. War creates fights. And we must all support peace.

Lily says: We all wish peace because war hurts people.

Hilary in year 8 shares her thoughts: Peace, we need to be nice to each other, and we will escape war. Peace!!! Polite, effort, ambition, cheerful, excellence. We all wish for peace because it can change the world.

And finally Fatima’s piece. We all wish for peace because it brings love and happiness and it brings us together. Together we are stronger.

I am sure everyone will agree we have received some amazing work from the students of Gabon. Thank you to each and every one and to Madhuchhanda Banerji, Head of Sciences & IBDP Coordinator for coordination of the project in Ecole Ruban Vert.

Gabon Flag Meaning:
The flag represents Gabon’s geographical position in the world. The yellow stripe through the middle of the flag represents the equator which runs through Gabon, and it also represents the sun. The colour blue represents the Atlantic Ocean which laps Gabon’s shores, and the colour green symbolizes the country’s lush vegetation and forests.

 

 

TANZANIA, Hope International School

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We welcome the drawing to represent the young people of Tanzania in the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt project.

This design is the winner from the schools contest and was created by Rylee Helbling, 7th Grader at Hope International School.

Rylee says: We all wish for peace because peace brings unity.

Well done to Rylee who also answered the additional questions:

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

I wanted to show the beauty of Tanzania with the mountain and the bright colors.  I also wanted to say something in Swahili so I chose ‘amani,’ which means peace.

2) Why do you think peace is important?

Children in the past have grown up in peace so it’s our right to be able to grow up in peace.

A huge thank you to Amanda Batterson, Curriculum and Logistics coordinator for running the contest and for sending us the schools winning piece. Also special thanks to all staff and students involved.

Tanzanian Flag Meaning:
The green stripe symbolizes agriculture and the fertility of the land. The black represents the citizens of Tanzania. The blue stripe stands for the Indian Ocean which is on Tanzania’s eastern coastline, and the yellow stripe represents the country’s mineral wealth.

 

Burkina Faso, Life Academy

Jessica Gray age 12
Jessica Gray age 12

We very much welcome these designs from the Life Academy School in Burkina Faso.  

Jessica says: I want peace because we can help so many more people if we work together.

Josh Gray age 14
Josh Gray age 14

Josh says: I want World Peace because we need it.

Ben Minotti age 12
Ben Minotti age 12

Bens quote: I want World Peace because that’s how the world was created.

Aron Gustar Yochenan Baarsan age 10
Aron Gustar Yochenan Baarsan age 10

Aron Gustar Yochenan Baarsan says: We all wish for peace because it is good to have.

Hezekiah Black age 11
Hezekiah Black age 11

Hezekiah says: We all wish for peace because that is what Jesus wants.

Katie Gray age 9
Katie Gray age 9

Katie’s quote: We all wish for peace because that’s what God wants.

Ruth Baarsan age 8
Ruth Baarsan age 8

Ruth Baarsan says: We all wish for peace because it doesn’t kill people.

Miriam Black age 9
Miriam Black age 9

Miriam says: We all wish for peace because Africa should be peaceful.

Thank you very much to Lynne Bogle who organised the Schools’ International Peace Quilt competition for Burkina Faso and to all the students that have participated.

As Lynne said at the time, “Never has the statement ‘we all wish for peace…’ seemed more ironic!!”

Landlocked Burkina Faso had unfortunately been put under a military coup last week when we received these designs. Thankfully the situation is now in hand and the coup guard unit (a controversial autonomous military unit) has been disbanded, unfortunately not before some people needlessly lost their lives! The Burkinabes started their own resistance movement and showed that military coups will no longer be tolerated in West Africa. Life is hard enough for the people of Burkina Faso (Burkinabes), it also being  one of the world’s poorest countries. Let’s hope now that their upcoming elections may be held in a peaceful and democratic way. 

The Burkina Faso flag was adopted on August 4, 1984. In August 1984 there was a coup, and the country’s name was changed from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso and the new Burkina Faso flag was adopted. Burkina Faso roughly translates into “The land of honorable men.”

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EGYPT, Global Paradigm School

From the Global Paradigm School in Egypt we have received many designs to join in the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt project. Thank you to all students for this brilliant selection of drawings.

Ahmed Saleh
Ahmed Saleh

This first design has been created by Ahmed Saleh age 14 from Grade 8.

Ahmed says: We all wish for peace because we want to live in a safe environment.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because we need it to be happy, live in a safe environment, and be able to enjoy our lives without violence.

What were you thinking while you were doing your drawing?

I was thinking of making earth clean and safe, and showing millions of people holding up the peace sign as a way that everyone wants peace in the world.

Omar El Alamy
Omar El Alamy

This second design has been drawn by Omar El Alamy Grade 8.

Omar says: We all wish for peace because we are …looking for…a bright future.

Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is important, because peace will make people more respectful and caring. Will reduce fighting and bullying around the whole world. I think that we really need peace nowadays.

What were you thinking while you were doing your drawing?

I was thinking about sending an effective message to people to spread peace all over the world in a creative way.

Hana Mostafa
Hana Mostafa

This colourful design has been drawn by Hana Mostafa aged 14 from Grade 8.

Hana says: We all wish for peace because we need to love each other – we all need to be happy!

Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is important because it makes people happy, it makes people love each other, and it will make no wars between people. Thus, no kids or people die in the wars around the world.

What were you thinking while you were doing your drawing?

When I was doing the painting, I was thinking about presenting all of the good things in peace in just one drawing. I was thinking about the people that were dying every day because of the wars around the world.

Alhussein Mowafi
Alhussein Mowafi

This wonderful design has been done by Alhussein Mowafi aged 14.

Alhussein says: We all wish for peace because everyone should be peaceful and love all others.

Farida Amgad
Farida Amgad

Here we have a design created by Farida Amgad who is 13 years old. 

Farida says: We all wish for peace to enjoy your life.

Hala Tamer
Hala Tamer

This next piece has been beautifully drawn by Hala Tamer who is 15 years old.

Hala says: We all wish for peace because peace is happiness.

Hussein Hesham
Hussein Hesham

Hussein Hesham age 13 has done this design.

Hussein says: Peace is important because it makes life better!

Jana Ehab
Jana Ehab

This drawing has been done by Jana Ehab who is 15 years old.

Jana says: We all wish for peace because we need peace and love!!

Laila Osama
Laila Osama

The next piece has been created by Laila Osama aged 14.

Laila says: I wish for peace because Peace is happiness!

Mamdouh Ayman
Mamdouh Ayman

Thank you to Mamdouh Ayman aged 13 for this design.

Mamdouh says: We all wish for peace because it makes us happy!

Mariam Ahmed
Mariam Ahmed

This next design is by Mariam Ahmed aged 14.

We all wish for peace because we don’t want fights and haters… by Mariam.

Youssef Sherif
Youssef Sherif

Here we have a design lovingly created by Youssef Sherif. Well done to Youssef.

Zeina Abdel Elr
Zeina Abdel Elr

We all wish for peace because we want the world to be better by Zeina Abdel Elrazek.

Zeina Salama
Zeina Salama

And finally, We all wish for peace because we are one big family by Zeina Salama.

“It was really a very exciting experience for the school and the students. Looking forward to participating again in this project.Thank you.” Heba Lolah, Head of the Visual Art Department in the Global Paradigm School.

A big thank you to Heba for coordinating the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt in Egypt. Additional thanks to all other staff involved and to all these special students for their expressive designs for peace.

Egyptian Flag Meaning:
The colours of the Egyptian flag are traditional Pan-Arabic colours. The red stripe refers to the period before the 1952 revolution; which brought a group of army officers to power after deposing King Farouk, the King of Egypt. This period was characterized by the struggle against British occupation of the country. The white symbolizes the revolution which ended the monarchy but without bloodshed. The colour black symbolizes the end of the oppression of the Egyptian people at the hands of the Monarchy and British colonialism.

MOROCCO, CAS Casablanca American School

Hamid Sabri
Hamid Sabri

The winning design received from CAS Casablanca American School in Morocco. This design has been wonderfully created by Hamid Sabri aged 14. Hamid also gives his insightful views on Peace.

Hamid says: We all wish for peace because some of us don’t…

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

While I drew my artwork, I had a lot of mixed feelings roaming through my head. I felt sad, and happy during the whole time. When I was drawing I thought of the innocent,  the lives that were taken away during wars which allowed me to be sad. I thought of the years since a major world war, that has taken millions of lives which made me happy. I aimed for a mixed piece, which reflected my feelings about peace in this world.
Why do you think peace is important?
In my opinion, there will never be peace. Peace is like a delicious piece of cake, at one point it is a delicacy and amazing but when you finish that piece you’re left with nothing. Peace is that piece of cake, being a delicacy. Something that happens once, and never stays for a long period of time. Once the period of peace is over, war will wager on. In all honesty, peace is an addition to our lives which all of us want but we all know will not last forever.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 competition in this school, to Mr. Mauricio Benavides, art teacher, to Hamid for the winning design and to all other students involved.                                                                                                                                                                          
Moroccan Flag Description:
The flag of Morocco consists of a red base with a green outlined, five-point star known as the ‘Seal of Solomon’ in the center of it.
Moroccan Flag Meaning:
Green and red are traditional colours of Islam, which is Morocco’s official religion. Red is also the color of the reigning Moroccan dynasty. The Seal of Solomon represents the link between God and the nation.
Interesting Moroccan Flag Facts:
The Moroccan flag remained unchanged when the sultanate of Morocco was restored by the two colonial rulers of France and Spain, and independence was granted in 1956. A year later, the sultan became a king and Morocco became a kingdom.

GUINEA, SOS Villages d’Enfants Guinée

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How great it is to receive wishes for peace from the children of Guinea. We thank all the children from the three different schools for taking part in the project.

The first design has been created by Abdoulaye age 14 and this piece depicts friendships between the children from all over the world.

The second drawing has been done by Bob Malick Kata age 13. This drawing shows peace as living in the world with alive animals.

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This third piece has been drawn by Madeleine 14 years old.   This shows peace & reconciliation in the country with all community memberships.

The fourth design from the school in Kankan has been done by Mohamed Sangaré who is 9 years old.

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The fifth design has been done by a child 5 years old.

The sixth picture has been done by Maria  age  6. Very well done to them both.

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The seventh picture shows how peace is communication and sharing in the family and community.

The eight piece has been created by  Issiaga Doumbouya who is 16 years old.

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The final design received from Guinea has been done by Aly age 4. Very well done to Aly.

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher

Special thanks to Mr. Fadjmba Tounkara, National Education Adviser, and his team, for coordinating various SOS Guinea projects so children in Guinea have their voice in the young people`s message for peace. It was a very pleasant surprise to receive drawings on peace and love from the kids and children of Conakry, Kankan and N`Zerekore. We really appreciate it.

Guinea Flag Meaning:
Sékou Touré, was Guinea’s first president from its independence in 1958 until Touré died in 1984. Touré explained the meaning of Guinea’s flag’s colors in the following speech: “Red is the color of blood, symbol of our anti-colonialist martyrs. It is the sweat that runs over the ivory body of farmers, factory workers and other active workers. It is the wish for progress. Therefore red matches perfectly the first word of our motto: “Travail” (Work). Yellow is the color of Guinean gold and African sun. It is the source of energy, generosity and equality for all men to which he gives light equally. Therefore yellow matches perfectly with the second word of our motto: “Justice”. Green is the color of the African vegetation. 85% of the population are farmers living in the countryside, which is ever covered with a green coat. Green symbolizes prosperity which will surely arise from the wide wealth of soil and subsoil, and the difficult life of the countryside masses in our country. Therefore, green will confirm the meaning of the third word of the motto: “Solidarite'” (Solidarity).”

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