The news that reaches us on television, radio or the Internet tell us stories of people affected by war or conflict, tell stories of children who still suffer from malnutrition and have no access to education, show images of migrants leaving their own countries in the hope of finding a dignified life elsewhere on the planet.
All these people are our contemporaries and their life stories affect our daily lives. The 21st of September may not be an exception, but it is the day that marks our dream: To live in a better world free of violence. It is on this day that each year the UN celebrates the International Day of Peace dedicated to strengthening peace between people and nations.
Peace is love and we need both!
We all want the world to be a better place to live. In just one day it is difficult to have a big impact on world politics, resolve international conflicts or end hunger. However, there are so many gestures of peace that can transform our daily lives..
We offer you 15 ideas that you can do with your family or friends to promote peace:
- Be thankful for the great and small things that life has given you.
- Learn to say the word PEACE in other languages.
- Read stories with your children.
- Spend time in nature, take a deep breath and listen to the silence around you; emotional well-being is important to you and your family.
- Teach a song of peace to your children and, if you can, accompany it with gestures.
- Take a picture (for example, a portrait of your family or friends) to celebrate a moment of peace.
- Draw a mural with your children about peace in the world. You can use the Education Protection Kit activity called
The Tree of Emotions to encourage dialogue between parents and children.
- There is a well-known symbol of peace, but you can set out to create your own.
- Decorate a school bag with peace stickers.
- Make a wish for peace; talk about it with your children, open a debate on the issues that interest them around the world.
- Who is your hero or heroine of peace? Discuss with others what qualities you value most.
- Smile. Smile. Smile is the only universal language.
- Check your personal items (clothes, games, etc.) and donate what you no longer use.
- Take a walk! Take a walk! Discover a pleasant space in nature or even on the street.
- Send a positive message to the people you love.