Location: Campus Rodrigo Carazo Odio.

In light of the official United Nations theme for this year’s International Day of Peace on “Education for Peace”, Peace Education Masters Candidates took a leading role in coordinating the student event to celebrate this Day at the University for Peace (UPEACE)campus.

Every year, International Peace Day is celebrated around the world. The United Nations declared 21 September a day to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."

The opening speech of the celebration of the International Day of Peace at UPEACE highlited the establishment of this Day by the U.N and invited all students and participants to reflect about peace, ceasefire and non-violence all over the world.

Elementary students from the local school in El Rodeo were invited to participate in this celebration and to share with the UPEACE multicultural-student body, by creating artistic lanterns made out of recycled glass jars and paper maché flowers with messages of peace, while dancing and singing to music. “It was heartwarming; a beautiful occasion to participate with children of the community. Certainly it was a great demonstration of peace within a multicultural setting,” expressed Marie-France Vary, International Law and Human Rights Masters candidate.

In spite of the rain, students carried messages of peace on their ceremonial walk from the University campus, located in El Rodeo, to the center of Ciudad Colon; a distance of about 7 km. During the final candle-light vigil, the mayor of Ciudad Colon, Mr. Gilberto Monge emphasized the importance of the International Day of Peace, and also called upon the crowd to stand in a moment of silence to honor the victims of conflict around the world and to pray for peace.

As Naved Ali, Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development Masters candidate said, “Peace is everything that we strive for. It is the ultimate goal”.

 

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Kim Karris / UPEACE Candidate Ma in Sustainable Natural Resource Management 2014 kkarris@master.upeace.org

Amalia Botero / UPEACE Candidate Ma in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies 2014 abotero@master.upeace.org

Photo Credits: Armando Gallardo / UPEACE Candidate Ma in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies 2014 agallardo@master.upeace.org