OMEP Kenya, together with the Nakuru West preschool Kenya celebrated the World Peace Day (21st Sept). The children learnt the meaning of the word peace and the importance of living together in harmony. We crowned the day by mixing water and soil and made “plasticine” to make the word PEACE as a team. A big thank you to the school head teacher Mr. Francis Macharia for making the day successful.
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6th Kindergarten School of Hermoupolis, Syros, Greece
Inspired by the International Day of Peace, the pupils of three classes of the 6th Kindergarten School in Hermoupolis, in collaboration with the teachers Ms Androulaki Georgia, Ms Karathanou Violetta,Ms Nikopoulou Theopigi and Ms Farazi Eftychia and with the support of the Head of the Primary Scientific and Pedagogical Guidance of the South Aegean Ms Paramithiotou Markela, decided to celebrate peace the week between 22nd and 26th of September.
We decided to organise activities so that all the children could take part even the younger ones who started school some weeks ago.
- We talked about the benefits of peace and the sufferings that war causes to humans in order to underline the importance of peace for peoples.
- We used red to symbolise peace, because red is the color of our heart and black symbolises war.
- We learned how to recognise and draw the peace symbol.
- We made crafts, like the” peace pigeons” and” the tree of peace”. The fruits of this tree are life, love, happiness, joy, care, education, work, food, family, a smile, freedom, justice and hope.
- We drew the “peace happiness” on a white cloth and stuck it on a big red heart, which symbolises our hearts.
- We recited poems and narrated fairytales such as “The whale that eats the war” which was written by Trivizas Eugenios and the ancient Greek comedy “Peace” of the important Greek satirical poet Aristophanes.
- We drew the international symbol of peace on white balloons and let them fly guided by the wind, so as to send our message from Syros, this small island in Greece, to all over the world.
- We sang a special song, the song of peace, as loudly as possible with the help of the musician of the neighboring primary school, Mr. Roussos Nikos, who played the accordion. And, of course, we thanked him a lot.
To conclude, we present to you a small part of our work with a lot of love! We want to show you, how we perceived the “happiness” of peace. In that way, everybody “locked” this word in their souls, so as to guide us in our future.
These are the lyrics of the song we sang written by Aggeliki Kapsaski
Mother’s hug is PEACE
Father’s kisses are PEACE
The hot bread is PEACE
Our lovely school is PEACE
The heartbeats are PEACE
The children all over the world are PEACE
Having food is PEACE
Love among peoples is PEACE
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What it is
The project aims to build preschool children’s awareness about the importance of water for the planet and the way water is linked to certain features of the human culture.
What it offers
“Water Ecoculture” offers preschool groups the opportunity to get involved in fieldwork for the development of a thematic unit on “water” applying the principles of inquiry-based learning. Children will organize one or more outings to visit places where water exists in order to make observations and collect data. Next, they will compare and complement their data with information from written, oral or digital sources. The results and conclusions of children’s work will then be put up on the project’s web page where they will be able to see what children from other places in Europe have found in their own “water” investigations. This common space will enable children to learn about water ecoculture in different parts of their own country or other European countries.
This program is supported by the Cooperative Team for Water Ecoculture (CTWE) participated by educators and specialized scientists from the Natural History Museum of the University of Crete, Greece and academics from the Dept of Preschool Education of the University of Crete, Greece and the Dept of Educational Science and Early Childhood Education of the University of Patras, Greece. In case you participate, the CTWE will forward additional information and supportive material to you. You will also be supplied with the contact details of the CTWE members who will be at your disposal to offer help and advice throughout the duration of the project.
What you can gain implementing the program “Water Ecoculture”
(a) Get to know other institutions of early childhood education and care elsewhere in your country or in Europe and exchange examples of good practices on the connection of outdoor with indoor activities scheduled exclusively for preschool children.
(b) Develop your children’s awareness about the importance of water for the planet and the way water relates and contributes to the development of certain features in human activities and culture to a similar and/or different extent.
(c) Collaborate with the CTWE and gain experience and insight into “Water Ecoculture” issues and into methodological details of inquiry-based learning.
(d) Exploit opportunities of professional development such as:
(d1) Present the outcomes of your “Water Ecoculture” project in the next European Conference of OMEP (under the guidance of the CTWE).
(d2) Get a certificate for your participation and a reference for your professional portfolio issued by the Natural History Museum of the University of Crete and the University academics of the CTWE.
For more information, please refer to the project leaflet.
To take part in “Water Ecoculture” please contact:
Michael Kalogiannakis at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Maria Ampartzaki at email@example.com
Working group of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee
2014 UN International Literacy Day
The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee invites you to participate at its International Day
LITERACY and LIFELONG EDUCATION FOR ALL
Monday, September 8th 2014
UNESCO – Room IV
Entrance on 125 Avenue de Suffren, 75007 PARIS
OMEP is a co-organizer of the above event.