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.


United Kingdom, Ogbourne St. George Primary School

A very well done to the young children of the Ogbourne St. George Primary School in Marlborough, Wiltshire for these lovely designs.

A selection of quotes from the children:

We all wish for peace because its quiet and has no wars.

We all wish for Peace because peace is a very nice thing.

We all wish for peace because it will help people live longer lives and make the world a happy place for everyone.

We all wish for peace because we can have love for the earth

We all wish for Peace because …. if we did not have peace the world would all fall apart.

We all wish for peace is nature by Lawrence.

We all wish for peace because we don’t like war.

This Wiltshire school teaches children to become resilient, responsible, confident learners, able to believe that they can make a difference. It also shares the following common values of Friendship, Integrity, Respect and Effort.

Thank you so much to Amanda Prout for coordinating the SIPQ 2016 project in this school and to all the children who have taken part.

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.


2016 USA

From the Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico we have received this design which has been created by Sierra Kosel in 8th grade. Sierra used both pencil and watercolour to bring her design to life, and the original is 8.5″ x 12″.

“The Bosque School is proud to be able to participate in this momentous endeavour.” Alaura Nellos 8th grade Art teacher

Thank you so much to Sierra and her teacher Alaura for sending us this col0urful piece.

 American Flag Meaning
The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies of the US: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia. The 50 stars represent the individual states that make up the nation. Popular history states the red of the flag represents valor, white stands for liberty or purity and blue represents justice, loyalty and perseverance. These meanings are unofficial though.

Interesting American Flag Fact:
The American flag is often called “the stars and stripes” or “Old Glory.”

SOUTH KOREA, Busan International Foreign School

2016 Fiona BIFS South Korea
Here we have two artworks that were chosen among the entire grade 5 batch for Busan International Foreign School, South Korea.
2016 Isabella BIFS South Korea (Custom)
The first design has been created by Isabella and the second by Fiona. Thank you so much to both girls for their great work.
Here’s what the artists have to say:
Isabella says, “My artwork shows friendship, kindness and love, which I think the whole world needs. Peace is important to make the world a safe place to live in.”
Fiona says, “My artwork is a combination of different symbols of peace that sum-up love in the world. I think everybody should be an advocate of peace and to start in
school to make it a friendlier place for everyone.”

Much appreciation to everyone in Grade 5 and to André Quimpo PYP Visual Art Teacher for being such an amazing supporter of this project.


South Korean Flag Meaning:
White is a traditional colour of the Korean people. The emblem in the centre of the South Korean flag represents the dual forces of yin (blue) and yang (red). The yin and yang balance each other and maintain a harmonious existence by being complementary opposites, positive and negative, active and passive, male and female, night and day, good and evil and so on. Yin is the passive or static mode and yang the active or dynamic mode. The trigrams represent the elements of fire, water, earth, wood, and metal.

ARMENIA, Ayb School

Armenia by Alisa AleksanyanFrom Armenia we have received a number of artistic designs from the Ayb School in Yerevan.  This first drawing has been created by Alisa Aleksanyan in 12th grade.

We all wish for peace because we want to create and not to destroy

1.When I was drawing, I remembered the story how Noah sent a dove and how it brought back good news announcing that the flood was over and everything was peaceful. Thus, I wanted to draw the dove and the Earth defended in leaves which is said to be the good surrounding us.

2. As for me, it is important for the mind to stay in harmony with surroundings and not to be overwhelmed with the negative of war and hate. Peace is important for having a world full of love which can be a stimulus to create and develop.


Armenia Hasmik Hakobyan 10th GradeThis second design has been drawn by Hasmik Hakobyan in 10th grade.

We all wish for peace because we love our life

1.When I was drawing my picture, I was thinking” Why do people want to solve their problems by fighting if they can just come to an agreement without fighting, in a polite way?”

2. Peace is important, because it brings us life and a healthy society. And also I think that the most important thing is our life, which is safe when there is Peace in the world.

Armenia by David GrigoryanThe third design has been drawn by David Grigoryan in 7th grade

David’s quote: We all wish for peace because a lot of people get killed during war.

1. The good and the evil always will be together, but if good prevails it will transform evil into good and peace will be dominant in the world.
2. Peace is important as it allows people to live in stability, prosperity and to avoid grievances of witnessing the death of their loved ones.


Armenia Naira KhachatryanThe next design has been done by Naira Khachatryan in 10th grade.

We all wish for peace to sleep calm…

1. When I drew, I was thinking that people always think before sleeping, and if their life is peaceful they won’t have bad and negative thoughts and can sleep calm, so I drew a sleeping girl.

2. Peace is important, because everyone needs it to enjoy life, without peace people are afraid every minute, they are afraid to have losses, to lose our family, our friends, our relatives, people are restless. So we need peace to live calm and balanced. —

Armenia 2016 Elen%20Nahapetyan_%2010th%20gradeThis colourful piece has been done by Elen Nahapetyan  Grade 1.

We all wish for peace because we appreciate our lives

 1. When I was creating my picture I was thinking about war, the opposite of peace, because in my opinion we need to stop war to have peace, that’s why half of my picture are pictures connected with war and the other part the words that I associate with Peace.

2. Peace is one of the most important things that we need especially now. How many times we see on TV where lots of people died. So we need to stop it, and to do it we need to appreciate our and other’s lives.

Armenia Tatev Karakhanian

Tatev Karakhanian in 11th grade wrote:

We all wish for peace because we are all living creatures 

1. During the creation of my drawing, I was thinking about the unity of all countries. The unity is the only way to keep peace in the world. In my drawing the olive branch leaves are different countries, symbolizing the unity.

2. Just imagine that your hometown will be destroyed and the people whom you love will be killed. Surely every person is afraid of this thought. So, peace is the most important thing in the world.

Armenia Maxim Tunyan 7th Grade

Maxim Tunyan in 7th grade wrote:

 1. I was thinking about peace in the world, police with the helicopter in my picture is for keeping people safe.

2. Peace is important because if there was peace in the world there wouldn’t be wars, crimes…

Armenia Vardges Voskanyan Vardges Voskanyan also in 7th grade wrote:

 1. I was thinking about space of peace while drawing.

2. Peace is important because if there was no peace, we would not have our world.


Armenia Nane Arshakyan

Nane Arshakyan of 11th grade wrote:

We all wish for peace because we are children…

“Every time you drop a bomb You kill the god your child has born”

When there is no peace there are wars, and because of it lots of children are poor and have no parents; lots of children have already died. Peace is important because we have the right to live.

Armenia by Tatevik Martirosyan

Well done to Tatevic Martirosyan in 10th grade for this descriptive design.


Armenia Svata MnatsakanyanAnother lovely drawing from Svata Mnatsakanyan in 11th grade who says:

We all wish for peace because… we want to live

Armenia by Sveta AbrahamyanSveta Abrahamyan in 11th grade wrote:

We all wish for peace because humanity without peace is like a human without a soul

1. I was thinking about peace not being something that exists only when accepted by a crowd or something that can be established by a group of people, but as something that starts to blossom inside of us and belongs to each human individually.

2. Peace is important because a person that is in peace with himself/herself can and will make a change.

A huge thank you to all the students involved and to Marie Adamyan, Art teacher  for coordinating the International Peace Quilt in the Ayb School, Armenia. What amazing designs and thought provoking writings, well done everyone!

Interesting Armenian Flag Facts:
The Armenian flag was officially adopted in 1990. It is is said to be karmir, kappoyt, narndjagooyn, an eastern Armenian pronunciation, which translates exactly into “red, blue, and orange.”

NEW ZEALAND, Kristin Junior school

By Allyson Francisco
We all wish for peace because we are Anzacs by Allyson Francisc0

Kia ora

We have received a number of lovely drawings and designs from the Kristin Junior School in Auckland, New Zealand.

“The students designed and painted their art during an after school art class, taught by Visual Art teacher Timea Willemse. They were given the brief and ideas were shared before starting their individual work. We are very pleased with their efforts and hope that you enjoy viewing them too!”

Jane Sargeant (Y3 Teacher).

Arkhip Galaganenko
Arkhip Galaganenko

We all wish for peace because we want no war.

Dasha Golovkova
Dasha Golovkova

We all wish for peace because without war the world is beautiful and free.

Eddie Zhang 4a
Eddie Zhang 4a

We all wish for peace because we don’t want to suffer and die. We want to enjoy having a great life.

Emma Lee 5b
Emma Lee 5b

We all wish for peace because life becomes much easier if you accept apologies you never get!

Griffin Kilfoyle
Griffin Kilfoyle

We want to bring peace to the world because the world needs peace to grow.

Isla Lewis 5a
Isla Lewis 5a

We all wish for peace because peace means a happy life.

Izzy Karim 4m
Izzy Karim 4m

We all wish for peace because no one wants to get hurt.

Kino Shi 3l
Kino Shi 3l

We all wish for peace because its better than fighting.

Lorreta Wang 5b
Lorreta Wang 5b

We all wish for peace because when there is peace all animals are safe and sound!

Lucy Leng 4b
Lucy Leng 4b

New Zealand by Lucy Leng 4b

Melanie Tsui 4b
Melanie Tsui 4b

We all wish for peace because we need to stop war to be kind.

Seren White 5 b
Seren White 5b

We all need peace because we don’t like to suffer loss as in wartime!

Theodore Karim 6g
Theodore Karim 6g

We all wish for peace – Bring peace not war.

Tom Rebbeck
Tom Rebbeck

We all wish for peace because we don’t like arguing.

Sophie Li 4b
Sophie Li 4b

Peace is good for us.

Tony Zhang 4b
Tony Zhang 4b

If you don’t show peace nobody will show peace.

Vivien Luo5b
Vivien Luo 5b

We all wish for peace because we want peace for all.

Melinda Xu 4a
Melinda Xu 4a

We all wish for peace because death makes us sad- The Fountain of peace

A huge thank you to Principal Diana Patchett for agreeing to take part, to all the students for their wonderful work and to Timea Willemse Visual Arts and Jane Sargeant Year 3 Teacher who assisted. The school logo of a stylised dove has been used to great effect in the children’s designs.

Kristin Live

The flag of New Zealand consists of a dark blue base with a British Union Jack in the upper left quarter. On the right side of the flag are four, five-point red stars outlined in white. The stars are positioned to represent a southern cross.

PORTUGAL, Vale Verde International School

Siena Toi Year 6
Siena Toi Year 6
Here we have the entry from the Vale Verde International School in the Algarve representing Portugal. The children were given an opportunity to create designs for the quilt during their Art lessons and Clare Jones, Head of Primary has sent us their best design.

Siena Toi in Year 6 created this picture – She wrote:

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

“When I was drawing I thought we need peace, look at what has happened to this world”

2. Why do you think peace is important?

“It is important because
war = kill
peace = happy”
Siena’s quote reads: We all wish for peace because GOD gave us life.
Thank you so much to Clare, all the staff, Siena and all students for their participation.


Portuguese Flag Meaning:
The red section represents the Portuguese revolution of 1910 and the green represents hope. The white shield consists of five blue shields with five white dots. The blue shields represent the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques I, victory over five Moorish kings and the divine assistance he received to do so is represented by the five dots, which symbolize the five wounds of Christ. Arranged in a cross the shields represent Christianity. The red border featuring seven castles symbolizes the extension of Portugal’s territory to include the Algarve. Behind the arms there is a navigational instrument, an armillary sphere. It celebrates Prince Henry the Navigator, who initiated the maritime exploration that led to Portugal’s one time colonial empire.

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.

BELARUS, Slonim gymnasium 1

We welcome Students from the Slonim Gymnasium 1,Belarus. There was an art competition to choose the best drawings for the School’s International Peace Quilt project and the following is the result. The  drawing above  has been done by Anton Adasik 11 years old

I wish for peace because it’s  development of science and soul

This second design has been created by Kate Dyatlova, 11 years old.

I wish for peace – Peace is green that is harmony between man and nature

This third design has been done by Irina Korolenya, 15 years old

We all wish for peace…Peace is in our hearts

This school also participated in The Circle of Peace, the idea of which is just a few months old .

”  At noon the students of  4, 5 , 6 and 7 grades together with teachers ( total 210 people) went in our school yard  and joined their hands to be part of the International Circle of Peace. They sent their best wishes to the world and prayed for peace all over the world.It was the first time we had participated in such activities but it was unforgettable.” Irina Volynets.

Special thanks to  Irina Volynets, teacher of English and the coordinator of telecollaborative projects in Slonim gymnasium 1, Belarus.

” The students of our school have been participating in The Peace One Day project for several years and it’s become a tradition to celebrate Peace Day on September 21. This year we have had Peace Week that started on September 21 and was full of different events and activities.

We all wish for peace because peace is LIFE on our planet Earth. Everybody has the right to live.We want to see happy, smiling people, the sun shining in the blue sky, to listen to birds’ singing, to enjoy the beauty of nature,… We wish for peace in the world, peace in the family and peace in our hearts.WE are PEACE.

Here is our acrostic poem about peace:
P – peaceful coexistence of all countries
E – equality between people of different nationalities and religions 
A – attention to the needs of others, tolerance and mutual understanding
C – care and support
E – equal relations and harmony  betweeman and nature

Well done to everyone involved from this school. A really powerful message for Peace by All.





The Belarus flag consists of two horizontal stripes, the upper stripe of the Belarus flag is red, and the lower stripe is green in color. The flag has a red ornamental pattern on a white vertical stripe leveled at the hoist. The green stripe symbolizes the future, hope, spring and revival and also the forests and fields of Belarus. The red color symbolizes Belarus’ past and the blood shed by the country men to achieve independence. The decorative pattern on the flag symbolizes Belarus’ rich cultural heritage, its spiritual continuity, and the unity of its people.

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