Wednesday was the United Nations International Day of Peace and the last day of StarShine’s 11 Days of Peace Celebration.
“The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal.” International Day of Peace
During this year’s 11 Days of Peace celebration StarShine students and teachers had the opportunity to meet visitors and guests from around the world. The most memorable visitors to the school were nine radio and television businessmen visiting from Afghanistan. The men were spending two weeks studying at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Thunderbird has been a supporter and friend of StarShine for a number of years.
The group of Afghani men arrived, along with their interpreters and representatives from Thunderbird, and were greeted by a Mariachi Band as they entered the cafeteria. The students served our guests lunch and then we answered questions and talked about StarShine. The men had a tour through the school that ended with the StarShine Radio class interviewing the guests.
It was an amazing and inspiring visit! We all learned a lot about the culture of Afghanistan and the men learned a lot about schools in the United States and StarShine. At the end of the visit, the Afghani men presented StarShine a paper with a photocopy of two of their passports along with autographs from each man. At the top of the page they men wrote, “A Message of Peace from Afghanistan.”
As the International Day of Peace proclaims, perhaps we will have peace on earth some day and it will probably start with children.
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