14. Study and learn ways to protect and restore the web of life.

Photo: Laura Phipps

Photo: Mandy Willard

As part of Peace One Day, Avonbourne students from year 7 and 8 came off timetable for the day to participate in lessons based around the promotion of peace. In the morning they learnt how war can affect people, as well as how charities like The Red Cross help with those who are affected by war.

They then went on to participate in lessons in a variety of subjects, including dance, drama, geography and history to learn about what could be done to promote peace. They focused on thinking about how we can prevent conflicts on a local level, or even a personal one.

We believe that it is important to start peace promotion at a local level, as if we cannot be at peace with those around us, we have little chance of obtaining world peace.

The day ended with an open evening for parents to view the work the girls had created throughout the day. The girls all gained much out of peace one day, and left with much more awareness of how conflicts can be avoided and why this is important on a personal level.

Katie Taylor

A day of global cease-fire and non violence

Jeremy Gilley is an actor turned filmmaker, who in the late 1990s became preoccupied with questions about the fundamental nature of humanity and the issue of peace. He decided to explore these through the medium of film, and specifically, to create a documentary following his campaign to establish an annual day of ceasefire and non-violence.

In 1999, Jeremy founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.

Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day 21 September, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known.

D. Protect Freedoms And Create Peace