IRAQ, Junior Private School

A very well done to all the students from the Junior Private School in Iraq for the many designs they have created in celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development of Peace.

Lovely artistic landscapes from Zhulia, Zhir, Zhala and Banu Majeed.

Thank you to Shabaz Nahro and Ara Barzan for the designs above. 

Thank you to Ngeen Sirwan, Sako Mahmud and Mohammed Ibrahem for these drawings.

Many thanks and much appreciation to Ranj and to the Junior Private school for their participation at a time when the World really does need to come together in Peace.

We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war. – Martin Luther King, Jr


Flag Description


The National Flag of Kurdistan consists of a tricolour field and central emblem.Red stands for the martyrs of Kurdistan and the continued struggle for freedom. White stands for peace, freedom and equality. Green stands for Kurdistan’s nature, mountains, life and vitality. The sun disk (“Rozh” “Roj” “Roush”) has 21 rays, equal in size and shape and represents bright and freedom.  The number 21 holds importance in the ancient Yazdani religious traditions of the Kurds.



Happy New Year – 2015 in review

Happy New Year and all the best for 2016.

Céad míle beannachta.
One hundred thousand blessings.

A huge thank you to all supporters of the Schools’ International Peace Quilt Project, without you all it would not be possible! Following are the 2015 stats which show that the children’s lovely art work has reached people in 196 countries of the world.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

India, Apeejay School Peace Project


“Sow an act, and you reap a habit

Sow a habit and you reap a character

Sow a character and you reap a destiny”

~ George Dana Board Man

Today we are living in a strife-torn world. Ominous war clouds are looming large and lives are lost every day. There appears to be no end to conflicts, and terrorism. Living in peace and perpetual happiness is not only an intrinsic desire, but a fervent collective wish of human kind.

Although, society does play an important role in moulding mindsets of people, the school and home environment are now being looked at, as potential instruments of positive change that can save the future generations from the abyss of evil. Values and attitudes that promote peace can be developed at early stages of life itself, such that it contributes to the overall progress of the Nation.

Revolutions don’t always happen with a big bang. They can equally happen in small steps. At Apeejay, we strongly feel that education should not only equip an individual with skills to earn his bread and butter but also focus on human values and ultimately character formation. We perceive education as the foundation for growth and development. Schools International Peace Quilt is one such initiative which has been enthusiastically adapted to become a part of their growing years of learning.

Our carefully selected cultural activities at school aim to sensitize the students and provide them with “wings and roots”… wings to soar fearlessly while being firmly rooted to ethos and thereby, inculcate the message of peace. The activities are woven into the daily curriculum and are taken up enthusiastically throughout the year. The teachers facilitate the students to promote selfless service and understand dignity of labour.

Agreeing with Joseph Adison’s view “what sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to human soul,” we firmly believe that education is not academics alone but imbibing values. We feel proud to announce that the school in association with the INTERNATIONAL PEACE FORUM organized a Peace Week from 8th-16th April in which the students were exposed to the essence of peace and were encouraged to express their vision of peace. Various activities were organized for the students which aimed to widen their horizon and enlighten them.

In an attempt to propagate the message of peace the students were given the liberty to think and to act. They came up with brilliant ideas, each symbolizing what peace meant to them. Thus, a wide array of activities was organized to “give wings to the divine fire in the students and develop in them the understanding of peace.” Using the medium of art we organized a mélange of activities to unleash the hidden potential of the children and gave them a platform to reflect on issues that bind us all together as a human race.

Here is a sneak peek at the works of the prodigious minds of the students.

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The students of our school enthusiastically stood for the cause of peace and each student defined peace and came up with a multitude of ideas.



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“For me Peace is living in a world free of terrorism”

 ~ Arjun Chauhan VI – A

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One of the students exclaimed

“Peace lies in the calmness of soul and the attainment of our dreams…”  ~ Shivika Chadha VII C

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The canvas of the critical minds of the students came up with various slogans to celebrate the essence of peace. It was an enriching experience for they were exposed to different dimensions of peace.

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True to the school motto, Soaring High is my Nature, many students identified Peace with the freedom of expression and the liberty to think.

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  A picture is worth a thousand words…

Keep the light of Peace burning”

~Srishti Bhatia IX A

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our learners know it well that dreams are not achieved by accident. Thus, they persevere towards their goals with the vision encapsulated in these words:

“…tiny seeds make boundless harvests,                                                                                                                                  drops of rain compose the showers,                                                                                                                                              seconds make the flying minutes,                                                                                                                                               and the minutes make the hours…”

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It has been rightly opined that- ” The destiny of a nation is folded within its budding youth.” Anne Frank

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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will become peaceful.” 

~Ishika Gupta VII B

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For the students of Class XII C

“Peace lies within the soul.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                         It has been rightly opined that, “Pen is Mightier than Sword.” The creativity of the students was not only limited to posters and slogans but also their words. The vitality and the energy of the students was also captured by channelizing their thoughts and having them pen their feelings. The students came up with innovative essays on peace each with its uniqueness thereby unearthing the aura of Peace.

Some of the essays that caught our attention were,

Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, serene contribution of all to the good of all.

So peace implies as something quiet yet good-from within and for something outside…..”

                                                                        ~ Jasmine Arora VII C


“War seems to tear our very social fabric. Man must realize clichéd as it may sound that in war there are really no winners only losers, it just brings unabated bloodshed destruction and ruin. Today let us all pledge to protest against violence and let peace prevail on earth…”    ~Shreya XII B

The students actively took part in the noble cause and even garnered support from their parents as well. The Peace Week culminated with a special workshop to sensitize and to encourage the young minds to discover and explore the plethora of peace. The students were creatively exposed to the rationales behind peace and made to rediscover and reinvent peace. The enthusiasm of the students and their involvement in the activities was commendable. The creative minds of the students redefined and exemplified peace. The various activities and perceptions of the students developed understanding among them for other’s views and promoted the ideals of tolerance and consideration.

Education is not filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ We are constantly engaged in an effort to prepare our learners to be future global citizens. Our progressive, egalitarian viewpoint looks upon education as a holistic learning experience, developing those qualities and attributes of not only the head, but of the heart as well. Our Social Responsibility Club (Interact Club) actively involves its members into a variety of community based projects to bring a ray of hope and happiness into the lives of their underprivileged brethren.

We are closely involved in various activities with NGO’s like GOONJ (An organization that collects clothes and utility items for the poor), SAVERA, GODHULI (Children of daily wagers at Meera bagh), SPARSH (An institute for differently abled children), SASAKAWI (working for the cause of Leprosy) and COFEDERATION FOR THE BLIND where our students regularly visit and organize cultural activities to bring some cheer and optimism in their lives. Celebration of Children’s Day, Diwali and Christmas are occasions of fun and merriment.

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INTERACTION WITH THE CHILDREN AT “SPARSH” (An Institute for Differently Abled)

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We hope that everyone will ultimately recognize the importance of the greatest weapon the world has ever known, PEACE.

Written by Malini Sridhar

Annual General Meeting of the Schools’ International Peace Quilt

The Schools’ International Peace Quilt Project’s AGM is to be held in Belmont House, Rectory Lane, Guisborough UK  on Monday April 20th 2015 at 10:30 am.  If anyone would like to know more about this ongoing project, please don’t hesitate to attend as your presence will be warmly welcomed. 

1) Welcome and Introductions
2) Approve Minutes of previous AGM
3) Chair’s Report
4) Treasurer’s Report
5) Election of Committee
6) Any other relevant business and/or
Any Questions
7) Time and date of next meeting

BRAZIL, International School of Curitiba


We welcome these lovely designs from students in the International School of Curitiba, Brazil.  This one has been done by Antonella Cox from 4A.

We all wish for peace because peace is all good things that you can imagine.


The second design has been created by Gabriella Cardoso de Almeida – Brazilian – 4A

We all want peace because the whole world would be much better!!

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

I was thinking about how the world needs peace.

2. Why do you think peace is important?

I think that peace is important because if there was no peace, there would be many wars and it would be awful.


The third design has been done by Miyuu Inamasu  – Japanese- 4A

We all wish for peace because the world will be better and nice!

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

 I was thinking about nature and that peace comes from it.

2. Why do you think peace is important?

I think it is important because we would have less fighting and everyone would be happy.


Finally we have this lovely drawing which has been created by Sophia Aramburu – 4A

We all wish for peace because peace is a perfect world.

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

I was thinking about the Noah’s ark.

2. Why do you think peace is important?

I think peace is important because you need peace to stop fights and wars. We need a peaceful world.

Thank you to everyone involved from the International School of Curitiba and especially to Renata Otsuka for coordinating the 2016 project in Brazil.

Brazilian Flag Meaning:
The colours green and yellow represent the Royal Houses of Bragança (Emperor Pedro I) and Habsburg (Empress Leopoldina). The stars on the blue circle represent the sky over Rio de Janeiro on the night of November 15, 1889, which is the day the Republic of Brazil was declared. Each of the 27 stars represents a different Brazilian state and the Federal District. The number of stars changes anytime a new state is created. When the Brazilian Republic was founded there were 21 stars. The star representing the Federal District is ‘Sigma Octantis’, and its position near the south celestial pole, makes it visible across most of Brazil all year round.

Happy New Year Everyone – 2014 in review

Happy New Year to everyone who has supported the Schools’ International Peace Quilt these past few years. We are very grateful to all the schools, their teachers, students and everyone who has been involved. May 2015 bring you health, happiness, peace and all that you wish for.

(Traditional Gaelic Blessing)
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2013 in review

A Happy and Healthy New Year to one and all!!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Groningen School’s International Peace Quilt Writing Project

We all feel very proud and honoured to have been part of this project and we, in fact, hope that this could continue with a visit of the peace quilt to our school in Groningen, The Netherlands. Globalisation plays an important role in our school and we think that the peace quilt will raise a more affective awareness in our students of the positive things we can accomplish when we all work together. We would like to do a project around the peace quilt in which we could work together with other schools in Groningen, but also with other schools abroad.

As a follow on from Chantal Laarman’s email from The Netherlands…Chantal and Augustinus College have created a peace project with a writing element, and since the Schools’ International Peace Quilt will be visiting Groningen in April, the school would like to run a project alongside this visit.

Chantal already has contacts with schools from: The Basque country, Germany, Spain, Italy and Norway.

Requirements for submissions:

All students are invited to write a piece in English (essay, poem, short story, etc.) about the subject of world peace.

Possible titles:

– My wish for peace.

– What the word ‘peace’ means to me.

– What needs to happen for world peace to occur?

– How can children promote peace in the world?

– What can you do to help keep peace in your school and in your classroom?

– How I tried to make peace.

– Why this person should be honoured as a ‘peace ambassador’ here.

– What a world at peace would be like.
These written pieces will be collected and put on wall charts. Photos and small drawings will then be added (from a school contest about peace photos).

In front of the written pieces the school will put big drawings (side-view portraits) of the different nationalities that participate in the project.

Please email Chantal Laarman, to whom we are very grateful for her foresight with this project. Email your submissions to:

If you would like your work to be included on the SIPQ site, please don’t hesitate to send it on to us.

The London 2012 International Peace Quilt Quiz

Which symbol of peace has been chosen as the most popular representation within the London 2012 IPQ?

A required detail in the children’s designs was the completion of this sentence: We all wish for peace because… The New Zealand design has completed this phrase by writing what? Complete the sentence from New Zealand………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

What do the five rings on the Olympic flag represent?

The study of flags is known as?

How many countries are represented in the London 2012 IPQ?

How many panels make up the London 2012 IPQ?

The London 2012 IPQ was exhibited at a gallery in London during the Olympic Games. What is the name of that gallery?

The first drawing was received from which country?

Name two museums where the IPQ has been exhibited?

Fill in the missing word: Children’s ……………… For Peace.

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