September 21 is World Peace Day. It has been celebrated every year since 1981 with the ringing of the United Nations Peace Bell made from the donation of coins by children from all over the world. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of Peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
Peace Day is celebrated in every Montessori school around the world. The Montessori philosophy incorporates the essential ingredients needed to foster not only discovery and learning, but also Peace within the child, Peace within the classroom community, and ultimately, Peace in the world. From Montessori’s teachings and example, we know the importance of preparing an environment for children where they learn about order, self-discipline, grace and courtesy, respect, kindness, empathy, problem solving, character, and global awareness, in addition to their academic lessons. Here on DAIS campus, our Montessori program children particularly focused on this celebration by ringing their bells in their online learning class.
We work hard at our school to guide our students and colleagues in the virtues of building positive relationships through moral and ethical principles, character and dispositions so that they can learn to know and understand how these qualities can lead to values for integrity, compassion, moral, ethical and social responsibility. These qualities are deeply rooted in our commitment to each of the learning pathways in our school. Through shared understanding and the skills of collaboration we can enjoin with each other in a common purpose for a more peaceable world.