PEACE ON THE PLANET
A SHANTI FUND – LONG ISLAND SCHOOLS PROJECT
SUB-THEME – EDUCATION
Building the foundation for tomorrow
Concept Criteria –
In India, rural women learn to read and ride bicycles. In Germany, people with literacy problems call a confidential hotline for help. In Swaziland, specialists from all over sub-Saharan Africa trade ideas on teaching about HIV/AIDS. All over the world, educational challenges are met with innovative solutions. But, universal access to primary education remains the most pressing issue. According to current UN estimates, 72 million children, 57 percent of them girls, are still missing out. To address this problem, 189 nations signed onto the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to “ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling” by 2015. Since the Goals were adopted in 2000, 24 million more eligible children are now receiving primary education. Progress is steady but the world will struggle to reach the target. The main obstacle is poverty: it keeps children in work and out of classes, prevents parents paying school fees, and hampers government efforts to provide safe, clean classrooms. Discrimination also plays a decisive role. Across South-West Asia, Africa and the Middle East, long-held prejudices keep many girls at home, while others become discouraged by sexual harassment and inadequate on-campus sanitation. Having a disability halves your chance of receiving a basic education, while children from ethnic, linguistic and indigenous minorities also face significant hurdles. War has devastated educational infrastructure in countries such as Iraq, Liberia, Kosovo and Timor-Leste. Meanwhile, refugees that flee war torn regions face tremendous challenges continuing their kids’ education in makeshift camps (and in foreign countries of asylum).
- To plan a peace program and awareness based on the theme of EDUCATION.
- 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 children of the world – Meaning of peace for children & significance of education for all.
Art Competition / A skit, discussion or power point presentation related to topics like Computer literacy for girls in Cambodia or Bhutan or entrepreneurship workshops in Uganda / Explore voices of youth on education through UNICEF or learn about Taking it global – Compare education system in different countries.
Peace Poster Competition / A skit, or Power Point presentation or discussions by students as well as teachers or get involved on Basic Education and gender equality through UNICEF / UN MIllenium Development Goals or UN Literacy Decade – Compare education system in different countries.
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