- Category: September 2010
Asian eMarketing is impressed by Peace One Day’s global movement that annually calls for ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September, the UN International Day of Peace, and encourages you to get informed about their initiative.
Peace One Day, supported by Skype, has launched its first interactive Global Education Resource. Developed for 12-18 year olds, and free to all, the Peace One Day Global Education Resource is designed to encourage students to appreciate their own individual capacity to make a positive difference to their local community and the world. The Resource is available in online magazine format, in the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Russian and Spanish.
The global release of this resource will no-doubt strengthen Peace One Day’s efforts to reach another one of its inspiring goals: to provide resource materials to every school on Earth, motivating a generation to become the driving force behind the vision of a united and sustainable world.
Peace One Day has built on the strength of their UK and USA curriculum-specific resources, which have been such a success that there are now over 5,000 educators using Peace One Day Education Resources in these two countries alone. Containing 13 lesson plans, the new Peace One Day Global Education Resource allows young people to explore a variety of issues, such as intercultural co-operation, global citizenship, non-violence, ending bullying and the link between sustainability and peace. Designed to encourage positive conversations about making the world a better place, the Global Education Resource includes a new ‘Intercultural Co-operation’ lesson where students share their ideas and thoughts about peace with other pupils from around the world, face-to-face, via Skype video. The use of Skype video enables young people of all nationalities to exchange real life experiences and debate ideas, providing a window into other cultures and broadening the depth of their world knowledge and understanding. This is just one of 13 lessons in the resource; others include the ‘One Day One Goal’ lesson which allows students to explore the unifying influence of sports, ‘Uniting Nations’ where pupils learn about the role of the UN, and ‘Great Peacemakers Like You And Me’ which allows students to reflect on their personal peacemaking qualities and their own ability to make a difference.
The resource includes a series of extended projects that are designed to culminate or commence on 21 September and are aimed at encouraging students to log their own Peace Day commitment.
“We hope that the Global Education Resource will inspire and empower educators and students to join us and take on the challenge of helping to establish Peace Day 21 September as an annual day of global ceasefire and nonviolence,” said Jeremy Gilley, the British documentary filmmaker and founder of Peace One Day. In 2001, Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.
“Never before in our history has this sense of unity been more desperately needed, but never before we have had the technology at our disposal that can enable us to bring it about.”
Skype is Peace One Day’s global communications platform of choice. By working together as partners, each organization hopes to achieve their goals. Peace One Day’s goal is to introduce three billion people across the world to Peace Day by 21 September 2012: people who want to stand up for peace regardless of age, race, nationality, religion or gender. Skype’s goal is to remove barriers barriers to how people in the world can communicate so they can easily develop real connections with one another, again, irrespective of age, race, nationality, religion or gender.
“We are pleased to be supporting Peace One Day in its mission to unite children from around the world and teach them about the value of peace and tolerance between nations,” said Josh Silverman, Skype’s CEO. “We want to encourage more schools to connect via Skype video and to help Peace One Day achieve its goal of the Global Education Resource being used in all 192 member states of the United Nations.”
Peace One Day is working to institutionalise Peace Day, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known. The next stepping stone on this journey is to reach three billion people with the message of Peace Day by September 2012; this will be achieved by working principally through Education, Sport, Music, Film and Digital Properties.
The Global Education Resource can be accessed by registering via the Peace One Day Education page, which can be found at: http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/education
Asian eMarketing is very pleased to support Peace One Day, so how about you? To find out how you can help, please visit www.peaceoneday.org