PEACE ON THE PLANET
A SHANTI FUND – LONG ISLAND SCHOOLS PROJECT
Response, relief & recovery
Concept Criteria –
Natural disasters can strike without any warning, anywhere in the world. Hurricane Katrina resulted in a catastrophe in 2005 that led to the evacuation and long-term displacement of hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout the US Gulf Coast. The human suffering caused by emergencies and natural disasters is most profoundly felt in developing countries, particularly poverty-stricken nations that lack the resources to cope with the aftermath of famine, floods and earthquakes. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) facilitates the work of agencies that deliver humanitarian assistance. OCHA collaborates with key partners such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), other UN agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to help distribute food, promote access to safe water and sanitation, support community health initiatives and reopen schools with adequate facilities. The World Food Programme (WFP), a UN agency that deals with humanitarian. While natural disasters are devastating for anyone who experiences them, children are the most vulnerable. They are more likely than adults to perish during disasters or succumb to malnutrition, injuries or disease. They may become orphaned or separated from their families, deprived of schooling and exposed to a wide range of abuses, including gender-based violence. Though emergencies grow increasingly complex, their impacts ever more devastating, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) remains dedicated to providing life-saving assistance to children affected by disasters, and to protecting their rights in any circumstances.
- To plan a peace program and awareness based on the theme of EMERGENCIES.
- A group of Administrators, teachers, students & interested parents come together to make it happen in each school district.
- Different buildings of the same school district can work upon different themes.
- To include art directors/art teachers, music directors/music teachers, drama teachers, debate instructors, social studies teachers, and science teachers.
- To involve student leaders who can help to motivate and coordinate other students.
Suggestions – A resourceful web site - http://www.un.org/works . As we attempt to instill a concept of peace on tender minds, develop various ideas at the middle school level and solidify at the high school level, we may prepare Long Island students better aware of tomorrow’s world.
Peace Walk - Art Competition - Peace Prayers & songs – Peace quotations related to crises & emergencies of the world – Meaning of peace for children ‘superhero helps children or school in a box.
Art Competition / A skit, discussion or power point presentation related to topics like International committee of Red Cross or World Food Program.
Peace Poster Competition / A skit, or Power Point presentation or discussions by students as well as teachers or even to get involved in Social Studies & Science related implications of Climate change /Fund raising for UNICEF – World food program – Natural disasters or school in a box.- May discuss the current events
Cultural items – guest performances
Girl Scout/Boy Scout item related to the project
A note from Shanti Fund
A group of 3-5 high school students are invited to make a presentation at H.Lee Dennison Building on OCT.2 at 9 am. All groups will be honored & best presentation will be recognized with a gift certificate of $141