Just in time for the Holidays WE MAKE PEACE would like to wish you and your family a merry, peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year and share some of our achievements in the last year.
Above a picture sent from WE MAKE PEACE in Uganda showing a WE MAKE PEACE class in progress at the Namilyango Junior boys school, where the students are busy writing letters to their Peace Letters friends in Denmark.
In 2013 we achieved to reach nearly 400 students through our Peace Letters pilot program that had students aged 10-12 write letters for peace with each other, to promote friendship and respect for diversity across borders.
We piloted our WE MAKE PEACE school program at PS84 in Brooklyn, New York in the LEAP after-school and ran our first Rap for Peace workshop in collaboration with rapper, Presice. Watch the video here.
All our learning programs and workshops are designed for students to find and make peace within, with each other, in the classroom as well as at the school to build peaceful communities and ensure that the classroom is a place where learning can exist and flourish.
In today’s reality we have to acknowledge peace education as the foundation for learning to happen. We see too many examples of children suffering from stress symptoms all over the world to ignore the call any longer. Placing extra pressure on schools and students to perform better in tests and exams is not the way to deal with the situation. Lay the foundation correctly before building the palace, or else the whole thing will collapse.
It is a simple fact that peace is a precondition for each child to grow and develop and have the capacity for learning. So lets work together to ensure safe, supportive school environments, so education and true learning can happen. There’s enough evidence out there that supports this strategy, and we are grateful for all of our partners and collaborators who are doing brilliant work to support this important movement for positive change.
Let’s make sure 2014 is the year where the wave of peace conquers all corners of the world with its message of hope and love. And that together we inspire people from all corners of the world to join the movement for change.
Finally we are very excited to announce that we have partnered with Fractured Atlas as our fiscal sponsor, so we can now accept tax exempt donations from individuals and foundations wishing to support our work. All donations goes towards ensuring our programs reach the schools in urgent need of peace education initiatives. Make a donation today
We are also working around the clock to get our new website up, so please bear with us it is coming soon.