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Youth at Home

Given many of us are now spending time at home, we would like to invite you to join in some fun and creative activities you can do at home. We would love to receive your creative input! Of course with parental permission you can share it with us using the hashtag #peacerun.

Fun things you can do at home

 

Take a photograph of what peace means to you and describe it in writing
Make an Origami Peace Crane and give it to someone you love. Instructions.
Write your Peace Pledges and sharre them with your friends and family
Share your poems, stories or essays on what peace means to you and why it is important
Prepare your artwork sharing what peace means to you
Call a friend and tell them how much you like them
Write about a time when you were really happy
Learn the Peace Run Song


Learning about a Country

Choose a nation and research that nation's culture and what it has done towards peace. Investigate if the Peace Run/World Harmony Run has travelled through that country. Find traditional songs, costumes or games from that nation.


Student Peace Pledges

Look at your own life and examine your interactions with people, family, school, community and the world at large. Try to identify small ways in which you can make a difference in the world. We invite you to make a 'Pledge for Peace'. 

Pledges can include things like: smiling more than frowning, visiting neighbours or volunteering for the community. Anything you wish to pledge will be perfect.

Share your pledges with your friends and family.


Peace through Poetry and Writing

Take a moment and write down poetry and prayers, ideas about world peace that can be read out and shared. Share your writings with friends and family.


Peace Using Music

Take a moment and close your eyes and listen to some calm, inspiring music. Do this for about five minutes. Think about how the music made you feel. Here's Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy playing the flute which is very helpful in making you feel peaceful. Listen.

  • Discuss with your friends and family what kinds of things make you feel harmony.
  • Draw a picture that shows harmony.
  • Share your pictures with friends and family.

Creating Peace at Home

We can create peace by acting with respect and tolerance toward others, and by deciding that we will always try to solve problems without violence. We can teach students how to make peace when problems happen. Here are five steps to help create peace if you find yourself having a disagreement:
1. Stop before you hurt yourself or someone else. Take a deep breath and calm down.
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.


When do you feel peace - A Photo Project

Please take a photo of a place where you feel peace or an activity you do to feel peace. Please describe in writing what you feel why it is important to you, why you like it. Share your photo and writing with friends and family.

Resources

Definition of Peace

PEACE

noun \ˈpēs\

1: a state of tranquility or quiet; a: freedom from civil disturbance; b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom.

2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.

3: harmony in personal relations.

4 a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments; b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity.

5: used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell.

Peace in 35 Languages

1. Afrikaans: Vrede 18. Thai: สันติภาพ (santipap)
2. Aragonese: Patz 19. Basque: Baké
3. Arabic: سلام (salām) 20. Persian/Farsi: صلح (solh)
4. Haitian Creole: Lapè 21. French: Paix
5. Aymara: Hacaña 22. Irish: Síocháin
6. Bulgarian: Мир (mir) 23. Manx: Shee
7. Bengali: শান্তি (śānti) 24. Hebrew: שלום (shalom)
8. Tibetan: ཞི་བདེ (zhi-bde) 25. Hindi: शांति (śānti)
9. Catalan: Pau 26. Igbo: Udo
10. Chamorro: Minaggen 27. Icelandic: Friður
11. Cherokee: ᏙᎯᏱ (dohiyi) 28. Japanese: 平和 (heiwa)
12. Welsh: heddwch 29. Maori: Rangima’arie, Nohopuku, Rongo
13. Danish: Fred 30. Dutch: Vrede
14. German: Friede 31. Polish: Pokój
15. Greek: Ειρήνη (iríni) 32. Russian: Мир (mir)
16. Esperanto: Paco 33. Scots: Pace
17. Spanish: Paz 34. Turkish: Barış
   35. Italian: Pace

 

Torch as a Symbol

The torch is a common emblem of both enlightenment and hope

Thus the Statue of Liberty, actually entitled “Liberty Enlightening the World”, lifts her torch. Crossed reversed torches were signs of mourning that appear on Greek and Roman funerary monuments—a torch pointed downwards symbolizes death, while a torch held up symbolizes life, truth and the regenerative power of flame. The torch is also a symbol used by political parties, for instance by both Labor (from 1918 to 1980) and the Conservatives (from 1983 to 2006) in the UK, and the Malta Labor Party. In the seals of schools in the Philippines, the torch symbolizes the vision of education to provide enlightenment to all the students.

A torch carried in relay by cross-country runners is used to light the Olympic flame which burns without interruption until the end of the Games. These torches and the relay tradition were introduced in the 1936 Summer Olympics by Carl Diem, the chairman of the event, because during the duration of the Ancient Olympic Games in Olympia, a sacred flame burnt inside of the temple of Hera, kept in custody by her priestess. (from Wikipedia)