What is Peace One Day? On 21st of September Year 9 celebrated Peace One Day which takes place every year on the 21st September.
In 1999, preoccupied with questions about the fundamental nature of humanity and the most pressing issues of our time, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley launched Peace One Day and set out to find a starting point for peace. Remarkably, two years on, he achieved his primary objective when the 192 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted 21 September as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace.
What is Peace One Day Trying to Achieve? Peace One Day looks to engage all sectors of society, including governments, organisations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organisations and individuals to observe 21st September as day of ceasefire and to encourage action on Peace Day that creates a united and sustainable world. The UN International Day of Peace on 21 September every year is not only about creating peace between nations, it’s about non-violence in our homes, communities and schools. Therefore Peace Day is relevant to every human being on the planet.
What has happened before the day? Year 9s in their lessons have been learning about Peace One Day and working in groups on a project to celebrate and commemorate Peace One Day. Some students wrote letters to raise awareness of Peace One Day and received a reply from 10 Downing Street.
“Peace One Day was a great experience and it was fun to learn about peace” (Antonia Lewins-Grant)
“I enjoyed Peace One Day and learnt new things that I didn’t know about before. We got a visit from CND worker Jac Bastion who told us about what they do. To celebrate Peace One Day, we made films, banners, posters and artwork. I enjoyed the day a lot.” (Capucine Pochet)
“Peace One Day was really good and I learnt lots of things from other students. I think celebrating Peace One Day is really important”. (Jade Okusaga)
“Peace One Day is the brainchild of British filmmaker and actor Jeremy Gilley designed to campaign and support the United Nations International Day of Peace, held on 21st September every year. The day celebrates and campaigns for peace in our world, as well as our local communities and households. At the Anglo European School, we wanted our pupils to explore and demonstrate what peace meant to them. In Citizenship, Year 9 pupils are currently studying the topic of conflict and conflict resolution. On the day, pupils listened to CND worker Jac Bastion on the use and possession of nuclear weapons. Pupils then spent the day creating presentations including videos, posters, and songs to show and perform at an assembly in the afternoon. The quality of the work demonstrated just how much our young people want peace and reconciliation in our world. We want out pupils to be educated and passionate about political and moral issues so that they can make informed choices as local, national and global citizens.” Teacher Nick Hills