Today, Monday January 30, at Novaschool Sunland International we celebrate the School Day of Non-Violence and Peace as a UNICEF friendly school.
From our British centre we dedicate this day to commemorate a culture of non-violence and peace in schools through different activities. For this purpose, UNICEF previously sends us material to work in the classroom with the students of the different educational stages.
The didactic activities related to the Day of Peace, due to its general theme of non-violence, conflict resolution and coexistence, can be worked on at all educational levels, from Foundation to Sixth Form.
It is important to promote a school climate based on protection, respect, safety, and inclusion. An education inspired by a culture of non-violence and peace allows our students to acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills that reinforce their development as critical global citizens committed to their rights and that of other people.
Our international centre is a safe environment where students can learn, play, interact and develop without worrying about the dangers that usually exist in other environments. Through the activities we developed in class today, students discovered how their own school can be a place from which to build peace and non-violence. Good treatment, security and trust are a very important part of an environment of peace in which children’s rights such as participation and freedom of expression can be respected.
We encourage the reflection of the whole educational community on safe spaces in the school by encouraging everyone to focus on observation of the environment, analytical skills, creativity, and empathy. It is essential for us to educate the youngest to develop their key linguistic, communicative, social and civic skills in order to be able to recognise their own and others’ needs to achieve security and peace.