If we are to teach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with the children.”
Each year on September 21, The Westmont Montessori School students, faculty and staff, honor the United Nations’ commemoration of International Day of Peace with song, art, readings, etc. as a means “to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.”
What a lofty goal for one day! Lofty it is, but if the September 21 Peace Day builds an awareness of peace and the classroom becomes the vehicle by which peace is elevated to the same importance as reading, writing and arithmetic, peace becomes less insurmountable. We strive daily here at school, a microcosm of the world, to provide lessons and to role model peace as a means to provide the children with the tools to resolve conflict and to collaborate.
Today, the children will gather as a school to sing Light a Candle for Peace and Hello from All the Children of the World as a means to convey our love for one another.
For more information on the UN’s International Day of Peace, please visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/.