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