Once upon a time there were some
kids who had a Dream.
Their Dream was that for just One
Day there would be peace on
"Imagine," said Johnny, "if the
world tried peace for a day,
maybe peace would stay.“
"But there is so much fighting in
the world," Maria told him, "in
our homes, in our
neighbourhoods and between
"Yes," Amir added, "people don't
respect each other or the earth.
But maybe if the world tried to
get along for One Day, all that
"Do you think it's even possible?"
asked Wei-Ling. "Do you think
the world could stop fighting,
even for just One Day?"
"Has it ever happened before?" asked
Kwanza. "Does anybody even know?"
"I've read a lot of history books," said Maya,
"and all of them seem to be about war --
about one country conquering another
country, or one group of people hurting
"Yes, and it doesn't seem to matter what the
reasons were," added Wei-Ling, who
was, like the other children, wise beyond
"Well, what can we do about it?" asked José.
"We're just kids. Who will listen to us? The
adults always act like they know
everything," Ali said.
"But when was the last time a kid started a
war?" Kwanza asked.
"You're right," said Maya, "there's nothing in
history about a kid starting a war."
"If that's true," Maria replied, "then maybe
kids can get together to bring World
Peace! Then people could work together
to make life more fair for everyone."
"But how would we do it?" asked Ali. "Who will listen to us?" "Our mothers
and fathers will listen to us," said Wei-Ling.
"And our families, and our relatives," added Maya, who had many brothers
and sisters and many more cousins, aunts and uncles.
"And other kids, they'll listen to us," said Amir. "After all, we speak the same
"But how will we do all this?" cried Kwanza. "How can we create a day of
"We'll get on TV," replied Maya, "and we'll announce it on radio."
"We'll write a letter to the President," added José.
"Maybe we should ask the United Nations," said Johnny. "Then the whole
world would know about our idea of a worldwide day of peace. But what
day should it be?"
"Wait a second, guys," Ali exclaimed.
"I think there already is a United
Nations Day for peace on earth..."
"You're right, Ali!" Maria laughed. "I
remember when we went on a tour
of the United Nations, we heard
about The International Day of
Peace. I think it's in Autumn..."
"September 21!" Ali shouted. "Exactly!
They've had the International Day of
Peace for years, and lots of
wonderful people have done lots of
amazing things on that day over the
years, but not many people have
really even heard about it..."
"What if we get kids all around the
world to help make this September
21 the biggest Peace Day ever!"
"Let's do it!" everyone declared.
The kids checked out the
International Day of Peace on the
Internet and found out that they
had been right about it. The
General Assembly of the United
Nations had passed a Resolution
asking the whole world to have a
Global Ceasefire and worldwide
day of peace in our homes, our
communities and between
nations on September 21. The
kids got to work on their
campaign right away.
It started small at first, with the kids
talking to some friends at school
and in their neighbourhoods.
Then it spread to another school,
and then another. More and more
people were talking about "The
International Day of Peace on
September 21," and what they
could do to celebrate it and make
the Global Ceasefire happen.
At Maya's school they had an "International
Day of Peace, September 21" poster
contest. Kwanza's school held an essay
Amir's class started an International Day of
Peace Club. They asked their Mayor to
declare a Proclamation of Peace for
September 21. Then they wrote to their
Governor and asked her to declare a
Proclamation. Reporters from
newspapers, radio and TV came to their
school to see the Governor present an
official Proclamation for the
International Day of Peace.
That inspired the whole school to get
involved. They wrote this letter to the
leaders of each of the more than 191
"Dear President," or "Dear Prime Minister,"
or "Dear King," or "Dear Queen," if that
was the case, "We, the children of the
world, are tired of all the wars, tired of
all the killing and suffering. Please
support a Global Ceasefire on the
International Day of Peace, and join the
world in celebrating September 21 as a
day of peace in our homes, our
communities and between nations.
Thank you and May Peace Prevail On
News of the International Day of Peace,
September 21 campaign began to
Maria and her older sister, Juanita, had
put up a website on the worldwide
Internet, and almost immediately, they
started getting messages on their
computer from all over the world.
They heard from people in Costa Rica,
Bangladesh, the Philippines, Holland,
England, Australia, and even from
countries they'd never heard of, like
Kiribati. Their new Internet friends
agreed to spread the message of the
International Day of Peace on
September 21 to all the people they
Then letters and emails started pouring
in. They got messages from famous
actresses and singers, business
leaders and Nobel Prize winners. They
all said they would help spread the
word about the International Day of
Peace and the Global Ceasefire.
They got letters from Presidents and
Prime Ministers who promised their
nations would honour the Global
Ceasefire and celebrate the day in
These PeaceKids believed in a better world
for us all.
They started in their homes, helping make
peace in their families, then in their cities
and towns, spreading the word from one
person to another.
Some people organized peace fair and
festivals and assemblies. Others planted
peace poles that share the message 'May
Peace Prevail On Earth' in many different
languages. Some planted peace gardens.
Everywhere people cooperated together
to build bonds of community and bridges
of understanding. The campaign for
humanity's first day of peace grew and
spread all around the world.
This year, with your help, September 21 will
be the biggest Peace Day ever. Every one
of us can make a difference!
What creative things can you do to help
share the spirit of peace on September
21 ... in your home, your town, or your
Remember, Peace is more than the absence
of war. It is learning to respect ourselves,
each other and the planet we share. And
it begins with each of us, ONE DAY at a
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