PEACE ON THE PLANET
A SHANTI FUND – LONG ISLAND SCHOOLS PROJECT
SUB-THEME – PEACE AND HARMONY
Not just the absence of war
Concept Criteria –
The United Nations was established in 1945, in the aftermath of World War II to help stabilize international relations and give peace a more secure foundation. Amid the threat of nuclear war and seemingly endless regional conflicts, peacekeeping has become an overriding concern of the United Nations. The blue-helmeted peacekeepers are the most visible face of the UN’s peace efforts. The UN Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operation and international sanctions regimes, and the authorization for military action. It sends peace-keeping forces to help reduce tensions in troubled areas, keep opposing forces apart and create conditions of calm in which peaceful settlements may be sought. Demobilizing former soldiers and helping them adapt to civilian life is a key part of the UN’s work for peace. Since 1948, there have been 63 United Nations peacekeeping missions. These missions verify compliance by both sides, including the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants. The goal is to make sure old enemies take peace treaties seriously, promote stability and address the root causes of conflict. Reintegration programmes focus on employment, vocational training and education. Special attention is focused on the needs of former child soldiers during peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations carried out by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). United Nations Police play a crucial role in peacekeeping operations and other UN field missions. They help to create a safer environment where communities will be better protected and criminal activities will be prevented, disrupted and deterred. They currently participate in 13 different missions around the globe. Every day, more than 7,000 police officers from 80 countries go on patrol, provide training, advise local police services and help ensure compliance with human rights standards. The United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) offers hands-on assistance for peace and development in some 150 countries. Administered by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) its strength lies in the 4,500 professionals who, each year, donate their skills in their own country or abroad to help people become the driving force in their own development. No task is more fundamental to the United Nations than the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. Learn how the UN works for peace and coexistence in resolving conflicts and rebuilding societies after years of instability and devastation.
- To plan a peace program and awareness based on the theme of PEACE AND HARMONY.
- A group of Administrators, teachers, students & interested parents come together to make it happen in each school district.
- Different buildings of the same school district can work upon different themes.
- To include art directors/art teachers, music directors/music teachers, drama teachers, debate instructors, social studies teachers, and science teachers.
- To involve student leaders who can help to motivate and coordinate other students.
Suggestions – A resourceful web site - http://www.un.org/works . As we attempt to instill a concept of peace on tender minds, develop various ideas at the middle school level and solidify at the high school level, we may prepare Long Island students better aware of tomorrow’s world.
Peace Walk - Art Competition - Peace Prayers & songs – Peace quotations related to children of the world – Meaning of peace for children at home, in their school & on the streets. .
Art Competition / A skit, discussion or power point presentation related to topics like best practices of non-violent conflict resolution – inter-agency peace education program – University of peace.
Peace Poster Competition / A skit, or Power Point presentation or discussions by students as well as teachers or get involved on International day of peace – youth action for peace – free the children – peace boat.
Cultural items – guest performances
Girl Scout/Boy Scout item related to the project
A note from Shanti Fund
A group of 3-5 high school students are invited to make a presentation at H.Lee Dennison Building on OCT.2 at 9 am. All groups will be honored & best presentation will be recognized with a gift certificate of $141