In 100 days, on September 21, 2013, people will come together around the world to celebrate this year’s International Day of Peace. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon notes in his 100-day countdown message, this year’s theme of Education for Peace recognizes the importance of education in fostering global citizenship, cultivating mutual respect, and forging peace instead of conflict. As a UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall has a similar message, conferring her delight in the theme and urging us to consider and fulfill the promise of Education for Peace.
"I am so pleased that the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace will be Education for Peace. A good education provides a young person with the right tools for a successful life. Today, many
issues deprive young people of a quality education – broken homes, drugs, poverty, armed conflicts, and
dysfunctional school systems – or lack of any school at all.
On the 2013 Day of Peace this September 21, let us commit to working together to ensure that a growing number of young people have access to quality education. Our own education program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, is based on learning the importance of how to live in peace and harmony with each other – between cultures and religions, between nations, and between humankind and the natural world.
We must learn that true peace is based on respect, understanding and love, and that true peace allows us to move toward a more equitable and sustainable future. Let us remember that we must learn to live in harmony with the natural world if we wish to fulfill the real promise of Education for Peace.”
Join us in counting down the days until September 21st and the opportunity to share this promise of harmony and peace. As Dr. Jane notes, education inspires and empowers people to better their environment and improve the quality of life of people and animals. To ensure that better future, promote this year’s uplifting theme with the UN, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, or with your local communities.
For more information on the UN International Day of Peace, please visit http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
. Roots & Shoots’s International Day of Peace traditions, which includes a Giant Peace Dove Puppet, may be found at http://rootsandshoots.org/.