For Immediate Release
September 21, 2010
HALIFAX – On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, Peaceful Schools International, a non-profit and charitable organization dedicated to helping schools create a climate of peace, will celebrate International Day of Peace, along with a number of other organizations from the Halifax area.
Peaceful Schools International (PSI) believes that all children have the right to be safe at school. Since opening its doors in 2001, PSI has grown to over 300 member schools in 16 countries around the world, and is an innovative and respected source of peace education ideas and support internationally and right here in Canada. Our member schools experience significant improvements in the atmosphere and culture of their school when they embrace PSI’s principles and teachings around peace.
“We know that educating for peace is essential,” says Executive Director Clare Levin. “Teaching peace in all of our schools should be as important as teaching reading and writing and mathematics. By learning to live peacefully together in our classrooms and our communities, our youth will be better equipped to bring peace to the world. September 21 is a great opportunity each year for schools to commit to learning about and teaching peace.”
This year, to celebrate the International Day of Peace, PSI is joining with Halifax Peace Coalition, the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace and Saint Mary’s University to host a premiere screening of the film Peace One Day, about one man’s efforts to establish an official day of ceasefire and non-violence. The film screening will be followed by a discussion of peace initiatives in Nova Scotia. The film screening takes place at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 21, in Room 160 of the Sobey Building.
The International Day of Peace, established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, was first celebrated on the third Tuesday of September 1982. Beginning in 2002, the UN General Assembly set September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.
Read the release in PDF: PSI Celebrates International Day of Peace
Clare Levin, Executive Director
Peaceful Schools International
1-866-532-0228 (toll free) or 1-902-220-2635 (Halifax)