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UKRAINE, Pechersk School International – Kyiv

22 May

From the PSI School in Kiev, Ukraine we are delighted to receive these lovely designs. Each student has in turn given their reflection on how they see peace. The students are currently in Grade 7 (12 years old).  The project was part of a textiles Design Technology unit where the students also submitted their designs to create pillows. Thanks to each and everyone for their great work.

Ukraine

Ukraine by Nika

 Nika wrote:

We all wish for peace because we all want to live happily, live in an environment where we are not scared for our own life and the life of our family. Nobody wants to be scared of leaving their home as the street that they live on is too dangerous, being afraid when being alone. Bringing peace to countries around the world will unite and bring together people without any violence and is a better place for all. Even though we are all different, in appearance, in the things we believe in, in our culture and more; there is one thing that unites us all and that is our desire for peace.

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

When creating my piece, I was really thinking hard about what “Ukraine” as a country means to me and what peace means to me. When creating my drawing, I used the yin yang sign as a way to represent peace. A lot of the time it’s unclear to viewers how a yin yang sign could have any relation with peace around the world. The way I see it is that there are two sides to everything, but there is always a little bad in something good, which means there is also something good in anything bad. I used the outline of Ukraine to show the yin yang and then for the background, I was inspired by Ukrainian Art and just worked on the colour scheme to have a stronger connection with the rest of the drawing. I thought a lot about what peace may mean to other people and how a series of people may comprehend signs and symbols in various different ways. Throughout the process of creating my piece I worked on combining the two ideas of “What Ukraine means to me” and “ What do I think of when thinking of peace” into one drawing.

Why do you think peace is important?

When I think of peace I think of people that might look and be different, but come together and not look at what separates them, but what brings them together. Even though it may seem peaceful from where I live, I know that a few hours away, people are fighting for their lives and fighting for what they believe in. Peace is something that takes many years to build and create but takes only a second to break. To me peace is important as I know that people around the world are losing their lives over something that can be resolved. Something so precious as somebody’s life is being wasted, fighting for something settled without the need of lives being lost.

Ukraine T.S.C. 7L

Tahee wrote:

We all wish for Peace because, we don’t want to lose the ones we love and that are close to us by wars and hatred.

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

When I was creating my drawings, I thought of what could truly represent the unity between Ukraine, PSI and peace. It was hard enough to think of a creative design, with the theme of Ukraine and peace. But it got challenging, to consider 3 aspects in our designs. It took me to automatically research about Ukraine and peace, which really was a hot topic due to all the situations in Ukraine for the past year. And it really made me relate to this topic, especially when we went through it, living in Ukraine, so I thought how could I personally relate to this? And that’s when I started getting these different ideas, that I thought showed Ukraine, Peace and PSI.

Why do you think peace is important ?

The reason why I think peace is important, because it creates harmony between people and not only people, also between nature, rather than destruction. Without peace, it’s hard to maintain any kind of relationships which would just turn the world into a bizarre place. Peace is important for big or small relationships, from communities to individuals. Although, peace may not be the only way to maintain those relationships, but I personally think that it’s a way to maintain long relationships. Peace can work as a glue, to glue all different people across the world, into one loving community of the world.

Gyte

Gyte

Gyte wrote:

We all wish for peace because then people would be happy, there would be no war, people are nice to each other and everything is good. We are friends with other countries and we help each other. Everyone can be free. People don’t argue with others. People give things to others. If there is peace people can talk to each other, be friends.

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

I wanted to create something that represents peace, Ukraine and Psi. I wanted to have some flowers because it is a part of Ukraine. In Ukraine people wear flowers on their heads. I also did the peace sign in a Ukrainian flag. I want to show peace with a peace sign, because it represents it and I think that people will understand my design. I also wrote PSI because it is our school and it is in Ukraine. When I was making my design I thought of how it will look. I didn’t want to make it simple and I didn’t want to make it really easy. I thought of things that represent Ukraine, peace and PSI. I think that my drawing represents these things well.

Why do you think peace is important?

I think that peace is important because then people are free. They can do things they want. There wouldn’t be crime. People would be nice to each other. I think that if there is a good environment, I think that people may feel better in a safer and a good environment. I think that when there is peace you can see the rainbow more, smile more and you feel much better. I think that people are happy when there is peace. I think that when there is peace, your life has more colour.

Yeva

Yeva

Yeva wrote:

We all wish for peace because, it is freedom. The freedom that many of us desire. Instead of wars and conflicts everyone will be happy and free. Instead of using and hurting others to get what we want, people would realise that war is not the solution to our problems, it is only a way to make us feel better than others. When we have peace everyone will be equal, unlike today when people constantly try to overpower each other, to become better at everything possible. And that is what makes us worse, the way we act towards each other just to get specific things we desperately want. But Peace is something better, peace is a new opportunity for all of us.

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

While creating my design I was thinking of Ukraine and the current situation there. The designs that I used on the sides were Ukrainian traditional designs. Using them I represented Ukraine as the flowers on the bottom, as many Ukrainian traditions are pictured with it. I also have PSI written there because there many religions and countries are all together and everything is very peaceful and everyone is having a lot of fun. So while doing this drawing I thought of how countries and religions interact with each other, and how different could we be with different people according to their country of origin.

Lara

Lara

Here we have two designs done by Lara Arencibia Pender. Please find Lara’s Peace reflection below.

Lara

Lara

Lara wrote:

We all wish for peace because it is what allows us to live the way we want to. Peace is not only the opposite of war, it is the elimination of corruption, restrictions and cheating. It is allowing people to be themselves, and exhibit this in whichever way we choose. It is not only the elimination of conflict, it is also the gateway to freedom. Peace means something to everyone, and it is a very subjective topic. Peace might mean one thing to one person, and something else to another. Nevertheless, most people agree that peace is, more or less, the elimination of any and all evil.

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

When I was creating my drawing, many things ran through my head. How to represent the country in which I have lived for almost 9 years, how to represent peace, or my idea of peace, in Ukraine, and how to represent my school as well. Probably the most difficult part, however, was deciding how I thought they related, and the different elements that brought these three separate themes together. The way I created my drawings, I had to choose either Peace or Ukraine to be my main subject (as I could not decide which one to highlight in consideration of the context). Then I added the other main theme in a connecting way to the first one, still making sure that it was important. Finally, I added the last element, my school, as an important (albeit less so than the other two) part of my drawing.

Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is definitely very important. How important, is of course up to the person you ask. In my opinion peace is the only calm there ever is, or will be, in human existence. We need to make a little extra effort to keep the peace, of course, but is it not worth the cost? Can it honestly be said that peace is not worth the amount of money and effort we need to maintain it? I don’t believe that. Especially now, with all the great problems surrounding us, I am sure that there are very few, if any, countries that are at peace in political, economic, religious, ethical and moral ways. It is considered nearly impossible. However, as Louis D. Brandeis said, “Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” and he is very right, in every way. That is how I stand on peace, why I consider it important, and why I believe everyone who doesn’t, should too.

Issy

Issy

Issy

We all wish for peace because it is a step towards equality, a step towards a world where everyone has their say. We want peace because it makes us more united and protected, it limits the fear inside of us. We all wish for peace because its means are only positive.

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

When I was creating my drawings, I thought about peace through the eyes of everybody, to symbolise how we all communicate peace. I also thought of Ukraine, and how Ukrainian traditions and other things that symbolise Ukraine and its peaceful side. I also thought of our school, PSI, where peace is expressed and taught. I tried to incorporate all of this to create a drawing that truly represents me and my community, as well as everything peace provides.

Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is important for many reasons. Peace allows us to speak up for what is right and helps us make decisions together. Peace gives us opportunity, to accomplish things that only mankind can complete together, hand in hand. With peace, all cultures can be understood and can communicate with others. Peace helps spread ideas and trade, helps open up more jobs for everyone. Peace means that when one nation is in peril, all will stand up to help and all will become allies.

Dana

Dana

Peace Reflection by Dana:

We all wish for peace because it doesn’t matter if this person is man or woman, if a person is young or old, every person deserves to be alive. And if there is no peace in the world then there is a war but wars are really bad because we can lose an important person for us there, which won’t bring any happiness to the world, but when everything is good and peace is in the world people can be more happier, they’ll smile more and bring happiness and calm to the world. In Ukraine we all wish for peace because here is the war between Ukraine and Russia and because of one evil person a lot of people died and a lot of Ukrainians lost their homes, that’s the reason why people in Ukraine understand how it is to leave in fear, we understand how sad it is to live while the war, also while the war a lot of people from one side hate one person but a lot of people from other side love that person and follow him this leads straight to the conflict between two sides and people who were friend can argue and that’s what happens when person break the peace, that’s why all Ukrainians wish for peace they want to leave in calm, happiness and peace

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

When I was creating my drawing I thought of how good would we leave in Ukraine in peace. Also I thought how to compare this 2 things, to show the person or drawing that would really good represent what you feel in the peace after a long waiting and I think you feel free and happy. To show this I drew a girl who is smiling and showing peace which meant that she is happy because of peace and also she wore a t-shirt from PSI because it’s the place where we belong.

Why do you think peace is important?

I think that peace is really important because without peace people have less chance to get what they want, to be free, to be happy, to have family. I think these are the main reasons to live and without them your life is meaningless…

Maia

Maia

Maia wrote:

We all wish for peace because we want people to be happy. We want people to be able to live in the lifestyle they want, and we don’t want people to get hurt. I think that peace is very important to the safety of people, as well as our ideals. We wish for peace to protect ourselves, our family and friends, and our cultures. We want to eliminate conflict and corruption, and by doing that, we get peace. Also, if there is peace, freedom comes as well.

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

There were a lot of things going through my mind while I was creating my drawing. I was thinking about the different symbols of peace, and how I could incorporate it with a symbol of Ukraine, that was a different way than usual. I wanted to show how children can help bring peace to the world, by including the school logo, or school name in my drawing. In every drawing, I wanted to include the colours yellow and blue because those are the colours of Ukraine. I also wanted to have the picture blend together, so that there is nothing random at a certain part, like a logo or something.

Why do you think peace is important?

I think peace is important because it helps us all live a better life. Peace is important so that people live good lives, better lives than in war. It is important to have peace because it will help people not conflict over things like religion or nationality or race. Also, peace is important for the survival of our environment. Some things that we do when we are in states of conflict, damage the environment very much. Peace is important because we want this world to continue to be a good one when we grow up, as well as for our children.

Andrew

Andrew

Andrew wrote:

We all wish for peace because peace connects us. If we have peace then we will be able to do anything, anywhere. It is a way for us to make friends, try out new things and do it all with a smile. I believe that we all wish for peace, because it is a way for us to achieve our lifelong goals and dreams.

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

When I was doing my drawings, I was thinking about Ukraine and how it really needs Peace right now. It is about time that Ukraine had its share of peace. I also thought about how Ukraine is a very peaceful and beautiful place and I think that with peace, Ukraine could be even more beautiful.

Why do you think peace is important?

I think peace is very important because then EVERYONE has something in common. It is a way for us all to share our stories and make friends. I think that peace is important because without Peace, nothing would be as fun. I think that Peace is also important because peace is a way for us to learn more. If we learn more, we will be able to DO more and that could change the world. Peace could be the salvation to innovation.

Peace gives us no boundaries on our creativity. It will help us make new things and expand our knowledge. As I see it, Peace will bring us new Ideas, New Inventions and could Change the way the world works, In a good way. As I see it, Peace will improve our world and make anything possible.

Nika

Nika

Two more designs drawn by Nika in Grade 7.

Nika

Nika

We have also received further peace reflections from Eric and Yaroslav

Eric wrote:

We all wish for peace because it makes our lives more happy and easier. An example of this is people in warring countries who have to worry about their lives everyday. This means that they can’t get the basic things they need, an education, food and a normal life. But, they cannot get this without peace. Overall, it brings happy faces to everyone and we end up with a better clean environment.

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

I was thinking about, how to include all three designs into one picture. For example, the way I included all three was I wrote the word PSI, inside the hole of the word peace I drew the symbol of peace. The way I included Ukraine in this piece is I coloured the letters of the word PSI in Ukrainian colours. I was also thinking I should create something easy that I can create. But I also wanted to create something that would be pretty hard to make so that I could have a challenge.

Yaroslav wrote:

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

I was thinking about the students of PSI, who do their best to bring a positive and important impact to global peace, by collaborating and respecting so many different nations. I was trying to combine PSI, Ukraine and global peace in my drawings. For example, I drew the letters with the yellow and blue colours, and I drew the finger peace sign. All these elements combined on a single picture helped me represent my idea.

Why do you think peace is important ?

If each and every person on the planet lived in peace, the world would have become a much better place – there would be less poor people and death from terrorism, starvation and disease would decrease. Besides the economy of some countries would become better, so everyone would have a job, house and food to eat. People would address their ideas into the innovations and development, instead of the war and fights. All human beings should unite around the idea of making peace. It’s not a single person that can do it, just all together the humanity can reach it.

Special thank you to all students and to Irina Lapshina the design teacher and the assistant Dima Verbenskiy who did the good work in organizing students and delivering the material for the submissions. Also thank you to Jacob Ortwein HOD Design Department in PSI Ukraine for getting the designs to us. A very big well done for all the thought provoking reflections on Peace by these amazing students.

Ukraine Flag Description

The blue half represents peace, the sky above Ukraine and the country’s streams and the yellow represents prosperity and the colour of the country’s wheat fields.

The Ukrainian flag was adopted on January 28, 1992. The blue and yellow national colors of Ukraine originated in 1848 and came from the coat of arms of the city of Lviv. Ukraine officially adopted a blue and yellow national flag in 1918. The flag was the same as the one flown in 1848, yellow on top of blue. In 1918, the colors were reversed. Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991

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SWITZERLAND, Steiner School

31 Mar

We welcome these great designs from Steiner School in Switzerland, well done to everyone involved.

Peace on Earth 

Well done to Pablo Brügger for his creativity, as when Peace is turned the other way it says World .

switzerland-235 Steiner

 


A special thank you to Naima Seppey for coordinating the project for the young people from Steiner School, Switzerland.

 

 

Switzerland flag

Flag Description

The white cross on the red base represents faith in Christianity. The Swiss flag traditionally stands for freedom, honor and fidelity. In modern times the Swiss flag has also come to represent neutrality, democracy, peace and refuge.

KAZAKHSTAN, Almaty International

30 Nov

Thank you to Ha Vi and Kathleen for these 2 drawings from the Almaty International, Kazakhstan.

Ha Vi says ” We all wish Peace so Countries will not fight.”

Kathleen says ” We all wish for Peace because it will make the World a happier place.”

Thank you to Kalpana Rajput art teacher for coordinating the project for the Almaty International School, Kazakhstan.

A modern interpretation states the blue background stands for Kazakhstan’s broad skies, and for freedom. The steppe eagle and the sun represent freedom and the flight toward greater heights and fulfillment of aspiration.

SENEGAL, WACA Dakar

20 Jul

Thank you to Alyson Faller, English Teacher and IB coordinator at West African College of the Atlantic for sending us the chosen design to represent children of Senegal .

Special thanks to Alimatou from the college for this creative drawing representing young people of Senegal’s wish for Peace.

Alimatou says  We all wish for Peace because no one will suffer.

Interesting Senegalese Flag Facts:
Early in 2004, President Wade of Senegal reportedly had designed a new flag for the country, but in doing so he violated the country’s constitution as only the vote of the Senegalese people have the right to change any of the country’s symbols.

LATVIA, International School of Latvia

13 Jun

Thank you to Angelika Gavrileja,Grade 7, age 13 from The International School of Latvia for this wonderful drawing. Also special thanks to Greta Keltz the art teacher in this school for coordinating the project for the students of Latvia.

What Peace means to me ? Freedom 

Interesting Latvian Flag Facts:
The Latvian flag is reported to date back to a military unit in 1279, which would make it one of the oldest national flags in the world.