Diplomats Join Students to Give Peace a Chance

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International diplomats and students celebrate the 66th anniversary of the United Nations at Oneness-Family School in Metro DC. Event embodies UN aspirations of tolerance, diversity and peace.

It is the things that we have in common that help us to persevere and cooperate so that all nations may be prosperous and peaceful," said Paula Boland, Executive Director of the United Nations Association

A contingent of diplomats representing 50 countries decamped to Oneness-Family School in Chevy Chase, Maryland, last Friday, to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the United Nations and the goals of tolerance, diversity and peace.

Cultural performances by students ranging from preschool to middle school and a colorful procession of national flags was followed by diplomats visiting school classrooms and discussing with students their studies.

Paula Boland, Executive Director, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, encouraged those assembled with her comments, "Congratulations to the students of Oneness-Family School on the 66th birthday of the United Nations. Your performances truly embodied the spirit of peace and diversity, which is at the heart of the creation of the United Nations. I see so many diplomats here today and their presence shows us that we have many differences and yet we also have so many things in common. It is the things that we have in common that help us to persevere and cooperate so that all nations may be prosperous and peaceful."

"Inspirational celebrations that bring the wider world into the school make our community more cohesive and instill in our students an appreciation for the richness of our global heritage," said Andrew Kutt, founder and executive director of Oneness-Family School.

Kutt recently published, "5 Ways Schools Can Teach Peace," recommendations for educators to consider in place of anti-bully programs. "Anti-bullying programs overlook the power of peace," according to Kutt. His educational vision is to prepare young people to be productive and dynamic global citizens of the twenty-first century. Oneness-Family School is an international Montessori school fostering personal growth, academic excellence and global citizenship in students age 2 through 8th grade.

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