‘Peace begins with a smile.’ Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Day of peace and nonviolence in Yago School.
Today is the School Day of Peace and Nonviolence, a significant and special date that we had to celebrate at Yago School.
On this day, the school is reminded of the need for education in tolerance, solidarity, respect for human rights, non-violence and peace.
We’ve been preparing for the celebration for days. Pigeons, hearts, hands being held, children from all over the world and symbols of peace flood our corridors, classrooms, windows and murals.
Children have read The Peace Book, What Happens Peace!, Elmer Has Come Back! and What Does Peace Feel Like?, recited poems in Spanish and English, done every kind of craft like our wonderful “Peace Tree”, from which hundreds of messages of peace from our little ones hang.
All this along with other fun workshops such as face-painting, electrical shows of affection and free hugs made the day pass amongst the smiles of the little ones.
In Primary, our weekly assembly has been turned into a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. One pupil from each course masterfully interpreted a distinguished Nobel Prize winner and explained why they were awarded the prize. In this way our pupils now know who Nelson Mandela, Wangari Mathaai, the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Rigoberta Menchú are or were, and what their contribution to brotherhood among nations was.
Yago School for peace!