On September 21st, the faculty, staff, and students at Aidan celebrated the International Day of Peace.
Not familiar with the ins-and-outs of this holiday? No worries!
The International Day of Peace is, fittingly, a day dedicated to celebrating and promoting harmony and equality across the world. During this annual celebration, participating entities practice 24 hours of cease-fire and non-violence.
Each year, the International Day of Peace focuses on a specific theme, and 2021’s theme revolves around this motto: “Recovering better for a sustainable and equitable world.” In other words, we must make peace with both each other and nature in order to create the kind of world we want to inhabit.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic's destruction, working together—instead of against one another—is paramount to our collective and individual recovery and restoration. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we are all human; therefore, we are all equal and deserving of respect, inclusion, and celebration!
Additionally, effectively addressing our current climate crisis is necessary to building a safe, beautiful future—and this will only happen if we show our planet love by reducing harmful emissions and increasing sustainability practices.
To celebrate both of these noble goals for 2021’s International Day of Peace, Aidan’s students participated in the Pinwheels for Peace Project, a simple but powerful initiative that seeks to help students across the world recognize the importance of international harmony. To learn more about this project, visit the Pinwheels for Peace Project by clicking here.
Peace Education is a vital part of the Montessori classroom—Maria Montessori herself was a huge advocate for teaching children the importance of harmony at a young age. Aidan delights in joining this Montessori tradition of fostering equitable, courteous, and mindful students who grow into leaders of the future that are both at peace with themselves and peaceful towards the world.
With the help of Margaret Skor, Aidan’s Art Teacher, our lower elementary children created and decorated pinwheels, marched across the Marriott lawn with their pinwheels spinning in the breeze, and planted their pinwheels by the trees in front of Aidan to commemorate the value of the international peace. Their enthusiasm for harmony and commitment to a better future inspire Aidan’s staff and faculty to no end!
Thank you for being part of our Aidan community—we, as a school, are grateful for the opportunity to teach our students the importance of practicing peace in both large and small ways every single day. Happy Belated International Day of Peace!