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Day of Peace in Ukraine

Ukraine - One hundred people participated in the International Day of Peace 2008 celebration at the New Vision Secondary School of Oriental Languages in Kiev. The project was organized in close cooperation with United Nations Office in Ukraine. There was a peace lesson and presentations about the International Day of Peace from a UN staff person and NGO leaders. Middle school students held a colorful peace parade in the school hall and released doves of peace and balloons with the word “peace” in the six languages taught at the school. Students wrote essays on the theme “I Vote for Peace” and prepared a message for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The message, signed by 300 students, was presented to the UN office in Ukraine.

International Day of Peace Celebrations were also held in seven other cities:

Dnepropetrovsk: At orphanage № 1, volunteers explained the meaning of the International Day of Peace. Then the children sang, made origami paper sculptures with peace mottoes, and played games.

At the Donetsk district Children’s Center for Medical and Social Rehabilitation, there were songs followed by an explanation about the International Day of Peace, a smoking prevention lecture, and making origami.  

Kharkov: In two colleges, volunteers explained about the International Day of Peace, made origami with peace mottoes with the students, and showed a documentary film about how the life of one person can contribute to world peace.

Poltava: At boarding school №4, volunteers explained the meaning of International Day of Peace. Then children sang songs, watched a video, and participated in contests.

Sumy: Since the Olympic Games were originally a time of ceasefire, organizers of the International Day of Peace in Sumy sponsored a friendly football match between Sumy State University and Sumy Agrarian University. After the match, art students worked with volunteers to paint walls at an orphanage.  

Vinnitsa: At the Vinnitsa Technical College, the UN Declaration of the International Day of Peace was read and Young Ambassador for Peace certificates were awarded. Students enjoyed videos and entertainment by a variety of creative groups. Fifteen NGOs set up an exhibition of service opportunities. Representatives of NGOs took part in a round-table discussion about ways to cooperate in carrying out service projects that promote peace. At the Vinnitsa Christian Residential Treatment Center for Children, volunteers organized games, singing, and drawing with children. At the Vinnitsa Center for Social and Psychological Rehabilitation for Children with Functional Limitations, volunteers cleaned the building and led discussions about volunteering.

At school № 23, volunteers explained about the meaning of the International Day of Peace; then students watched a video and participated in contests.

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