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Every year the Peace Run visits countless schools in more than 100 countries around the world. Students get to meet the runners, hold the torch and express their own hopes and dreams for a more harmonious world.

This page contains many ideas for bringing the experience of peace into the classroom.

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Preparing for the Peace Run

  • Learn the Peace Run Song to sing with the team when they arrive 
  • Make Peace Doves to hold or display for Peace Run Day
  • Write your Peace Pledges and have them ready to give to the Peace Run Team
  • Make your own peace torches to hold at your Peace Run Day ceremony
  • Prepare to share your poems, stories or essays at the ceremony
  • Prepare your artwork for display on Peace Run Day
  • Create or prepare a musical piece to perform
  • Create and perform a skit showing the steps to make harmony in your school
  • Get ready to hold or run with the peace torch

Learning about a Country

Invite students to choose a nation or a few nations and research what the nation has done towards peace. Investigate if the Peace Run/World Harmony Run has travelled through that country. In researching the country the students could contact a school in that country that has been a part of the Peace Run. Find traditional songs, costumes or games from that nation.

When the Peace Run arrives at the school the students would present this to the school and to the Peace Run Team. Or send to us to post onto our website.

Students find out about their Community

Each community in the world strives for peace and cultural understanding in its own unique way. We all want to live in a place where there is a feeling of oneness. Each small step for peace in a community adds to the giant steps our world takes together towards this lofty goal.

Invite the students to go out into the community to find the beautiful, unique ways that one individual, the school or community at large are making the place you live in one of peace and friendship. This could then be presented by the students to the Peace Run Team on their arrival at the school, or send to us to post onto our website.

Student Peace Pledges

Ask the students to look at their own lives and examine their interactions with friends, family, school, community and the world at large. From this they will be able to find small ways in which they can make a difference in the world. Ask the students to make a 'Pledge for Peace'. Each student can write down their pledges and present these to the Peace Run Team when they arrive at the school. Or send to us to post onto our website.

Pledges can include things like: smiling more than frowning, visiting their neighbours or volunteering for the community. Anything they wish to pledge will be received happily by the Team.

Peace through Poetry and Writing

Encourage children to write down poetry and prayers, ideas about world peace that can be read out and shared. Display your writing pieces in your school. Publish your writing in your school or city newspaper. Send to us and we will post them on our website.

Peace Using Music

Invite the children to close their eyes and listen to some calm, inspiring music. Discuss how the music made them feel.

  • Close your eyes and listen to some calming, inspiring music.
  • Talk about how the music made you feel.
  • Discuss what kinds of things make you feel harmony.
  • Discuss how you feel when harmony is missing.
  • Draw a picture that shows what happens when there is no harmony.
  • Draw a picture that shows harmony.
  • Share your pictures with the class.
  • Display your pictures in your school or at your local library.
Send your pictures to us and we will post them on our website!

How do I create Peace at school?

We can start creating peace by acting with respect and tolerance toward others. We can create peace by deciding that we will always try to solve problems without violence. We can learn how to make peace when problems happen. Learn the five steps of creating peace:

  1. Stop before you hurt yourself or someone else. Take a deep breath and calm down. Meet with a teacher when both sides are ready.
  2. Each person should talk about how he/she feels.
  3. Find a solution that will make everyone feel better.
  4. Say thank you to your friend for helping to make peace.
  5. Lead by example, your friends and family will then notice the ways you are creating peace.

Become an official Peace Builder in your school.
Send us your thoughts and experiences of building peace at school and we'll post them on our website!

What if there was Peace in the Whole World?

Draw a large map of the world and invite the children to follow the Peace Run journey with a red line – place thoughts and peace prayers on the map where peace is most needed.

Imagine what it would be like if we lived as one world family. Imagine people in the whole world happy and helping each other. Imagine our whole planet as one big community, where each person is respected and appreciated.

We would love to see any of the stories that the children have written on peace and any pictures the children have drawn about peace. With your approval we can post the artwork and stories on our website for other children around the world to see and enjoy.