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Connecting Worlds 2017-2018
Senbazuru. Peace Building

Senbazuru is a group of one thousand origami cranes. According to an ancient Japanese legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. They have become a symbol of peace movements all over the world, popularized through the story of Sadako, a Japanese girl who was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and who began making origami cranes with the wish of healing herself and of a world that could live in peace.

The promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence is one of the Sustainable Development Goals which the international community has committed itself to ensure in order to face the challenges posed by our world and society.

Peace building and putting an end to the culture of violence is everybody’s responsibility, and to achieve this we need an education which values and promotes non-violent attitudes in each and every area of our relationships. Attitudes which favor cooperation, value gender equality and the richness of diversity, and which search for an effective and empathic communication through promoting democratic and active participation of citizens for the construction of a fairer and more sustainable world.

This academic year, the Connecting Worlds educational proposal focuses on the conflicts we experience in our relationships and on how we address them - both within our close environment and around the world, so as to analyze them and learn how to solve them from a positive, constructive and non-violent perspective. Through different experience-based and participative activities, we will try to provide resources which allow us to identify and analyze all kinds of violence and also, to benefit from the opportunity of transformation that every conflict offers. In order to make students aware of the importance of their active participation in the construction of a culture of peace, we will try to promote the development of proactive attitudes which help prevent violence and of initiatives which foster creativity, sustainable development and everyone’s right to live a full and decent life in peace. Following are the objectives we have set out for this year’s Connecting Worlds:

Objectives of this year’s Connecting Worlds

  • Recognise the positive and broad perspective of peace as everyone’s right to a full and decent life.
  • Understand and analyze in a critical manner the different forms of violence which take place and their consequences.
  • Foster attitudes which contribute to the non-violent solution of conflicts by analyzing which elements have an impact on their development.
  • Promote active citizenship and personal and collective commitment to peace building by offering peaceful alternatives and reaching non-violent resolutions to conflicts.