The World’s Children Speak of Peace

 Is it not worth working for?



Children know that peace comes from the heart; it lives in the way we see others; it survives in the respect we show our neighbors every day.  They also know, often better than adults, that today’s world is a global village and that we are all neighbors.

Kofi A. Annan


If you have a friend and that friend gets more friends
And those friends get still more friends, together we make
friendship.

Runanskolan, Sollentuna, Sweden

Pieces Pieces Pieces... Stitch them with the threads
of non-violence, love, and equality. Ah hah! Beautiful dress of
Peace!

Global Vision Students (attached to Madarai Kamaraj University); Madarai, India

White dove, flying in the wind,
Take my home under your wing!

German Language High School; Sofia, Bulgaria

Let the sun shine in the night time and please no more dying.
Please let us have peace and no more fighting. People are dying.

Southwest Elementary, San Antonio, TX, US

Chaque nation envoie des casques bleus
Pour que le monde soit plus heureux.

Ecole Fondamentale, Fleurus, Belgique

As I look around the world I sigh,
And think, We could at least give peace a try.

Exeter-West Greenwich Junior High, West Greenwich, RI, US

Peace without
Comes from peace within.

Glenala State High School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Peace remained by my side until I understood
what she wanted from me—that I be free

Parque Ecologico, Porangaba, Brazil

Let it blow in your direction
Let it touch you, melt you and mould you

SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College, secondary school, Tema, Ghana

No war, no violence,
and lots of silence.

St. Dominic Savio School, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada

We don’t like it that our fathers must be soldiers
and shoot other children’s fathers.

Engbrottsskolan, Ctvidaberg, Sweden

There comes an army; here comes another.
They meet in the middle and declare PEACE.

Holy Cross Primary School, Western Cape, South Africa

Je te cherche depuis si longtemps que j’ai cru un court
instant te posséder,
une fois encore tu t’es échappé

Maladihre, Neuchatel, Suisse

Peace is in the waves at sea.
Peace must begin with you and me!

Gander Middle School, Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

...The war is not around him but trapped inside his head.
War is not battles; it is struggles without end...

Friends School of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, US

Why destroy when we could create,
Keep the peace, erase the hate.

Normal Community West High School, Normal, IL, US

Wherever I go, peace is with me,
because without peace there is no me.

Middle School, "Zdravstveno uciliste", Zagreb, Croatia

Trabajemos juntos, trabajemos unidos,
por la paz mundial, que es el futuro de nuestros niños

Colegio Nuestra Sra. de la Merced, secondary school, San Juan, Puerto Rico, US

Apologize when you are wrong
It will show that you are strong

Dinkelmeyer School, North Bellmore, NY, US

Don’t fight about your colour.
Love each other like brothers and sisters.

School of the Nations, Primary Section, Macau (Portugal)

Mothers, fathers, why do you fight
when everybody is someone’s child?

Utsjoen saamelaislukio, Utsjoki, Finland

May peace be scattered
Like pebbles in a dancing pond of rain

Turquoise Trail Elementary School, Santa Fe, NM, US

And we dream to make not just a world,
... but a just world.

Integrated School, Bacolod City, Philippines

Cuando tu sonrisa cultiva el amor
tu espíritu cosecha la paz

Instituto Experimental Cantaclaro, Maracaibo, Venezuela

 

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