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About Earth Day 2004

About the Peace Bell

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Europe - Spring Day 2004

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"On Spring Day we want to sound the bell of peace and then listen to the silence and how silence feels/sounds after ringing the bell. After that, [we] will begin a series of activities for this special day of the year."
-- Maria Badiu
Nicolae Balcescu School Group, Intorsura-Buzaului, Romania
  
Earth Day 2004
EUROPE

European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 28 European Ministries of Education, is organizing a Spring Day event that will include the Earth Day tradition of ringing bells in recognition that Spring Day is also Earth Day. Since the spring equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20 in Europe (which is not a school day on the European continent)– Spring Day in Europe will be officially kicked off on Tuesday, 23 March at 10:00 am (local time).

There will be a symbolic ringing of bells (hand bells, school bells, recorded ringing, church bells, etc.) in spirit with the UN Peace Bell followed by one minute of silence for peace. Since ten countries -- Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta -- will join the European Union on 1 May 2004, schools will celebrate Spring Day in Europe by discussing how the enlarged European Union can contribute to peace in the world. Visit the Spring Day In Europe web site for more information and click on the flag of your country.


WHAT STUDENTS IN EUROPE ARE DOING ON SPRING DAY

We are thrilled with excitement at the thought that on this blessed Spring Day in Europe, bells from every county will toll for peace, tolerance, and understanding between nations. The children in the Ceramics Club at the Children’s Palace, Constanta, Romania, are already at work making bells with their own hands. Using clay, the symbol of earth, they are crafting these little bells which will be offered to every guest who will honour us with their presence.  When they ring they will announce not only the rebirth of nature but also a new spring in the relationship between countries.  
-- IT coordinator Vicentzia Neagu
Constanta, Romania


"We'll ring a symbolic bell. Then our students will tie their own drawings and paintings on peace and friendship in the world to all the trees in front of our school."
--Janina Seniuta
Kaunas Stasys Lozoraitis secondary school from Lithuania


"The Czech Republic is going to ring a symbolic bell on 23 March at 10 am. All students will bring their own small bells and together with the school bell will ring them three times. Then a discussion will follow. The discussion will be focused on the importance of peace and the contribution of our country to the rest of the world. We will stress the values of solidarity, tolerance, and understanding among cultures."
-- Jana Sramkova

"On March 23, at 10 am, our pupils (age 4-7), from the 1st Preschool Kato Souliou, in Marathon, Greece are going to ring a symbolic bell three times. Then we will stay silent for one minute to reflect on how peace can be the main value of an enlarged Europe and how an enlarged Europe can contribute to bring peace to the rest of the world."
-- Titika Frangopoulou

"As our school doesn't have a bell, we decided to ring a bell at a nearby chapel. We are inviting the community to be present there to join us. Afterwards we will observe a moment of silence and come back to school to do other activities that we have planned. It will be our contribute to the PEACE."
-- Maria Manuela Leal
Primary school EB1- Cerejeiras - Penela - Portugal

"For Spring Day, we'll take part in the "Peace Bell" initiative. The signals will be heard on the 23rd of March at 10 a.m. in our school. We'll keep a moment of silence for peace. An exhibition of drawings with the theme of peace will be organized and students from different levels will talk about peace in Balkans, in Europe and all over the world. A questionnaire will be given to pupils to find out their opinions about what chance they think peace has in a world of violence and wars. The results will be discussed with the students."
-- Didona Didea and Doina Enache
School no. 10 "Maria Rosetti", Bucharest, Romania

"We - pupils and teachers from the UNESCO ASPnet primary school Maksa Pletersnika in Pisece, Slovenia - are planning to ring the Peace Bell on Spring Day. We will bring different bells to school, write peace graffiti and draw peace symbols on a big paper in the front of the school, sing songs of peace in different languages and dance some traditional dances - for peace, happiness, joy and for fun. We will invite pupils and teachers from a school in Bizeljsko to our school (they are in our neighborhood). We will also draw postcards and send them to our friends in different countries."
-- Pupils and teachers from Pisece, Slovenia

"We are planning to ring the Peace Bell on Spring Day. We will ring
our school bell three times at ten o'clock. We are planning an amazing
adventure trail in our school: "Journey in the new European Union countries" after the peace bell is rung."

-- Students and teachers from POMAZ-HUNGARY

"We are a kindergarten from Romania and we will ring the Bells of Peace at 10 am on the 23rd of March.We will use music and hymns from different countries and observe a moment of silence in this regard."
-- Adina Petreus
Kindergarten no.36,Baia Mare,Romania


"We are going to ring a Peace bell on 23rd March at 10 am. Our children will bring small bells to school. During next week they will make bells out of paper and colour them. After that we will do a presentation of these 'Peace bells' at school."
-- Jana Bartosova
Zakladna skola, Stanicna 12 Kosice, Slovakia


"We have the intention of sounding the bell of peace on 23 March at 10 o'clock. The school bell will ring, and the students will bring to class small bells of their own also. After the minute of silence all the classes will organize a short debate on peace with their teachers."
-- Popa Marioara
Athletic High School of Alba Iulia, Romania


"On Spring Day we want to sound the bell of peace and then listen to the silence and how silence feels/sounds after ringing the bell. After that, [we] will begin a series of activities for this special day of the year."
-- Maria Badiu
Nicolae Balcescu School Group, Intorsura-Buzaului, Romania

"On 23 March we will collect all the children in the hall and ring the bell 3 times. After that we will try to stay silent for one minute and think about peace. After that we will listen to the Ode to Joy and dance together in a circle. Afer that we will have workshops and share material from other schools in Romania, Greece, Turkey... and more...."
--Ksenija Dujec, coordinator
The Rainbow kindergarten Vrtec Mavrica Izola in Izola, Slovenia

"We are planning workshops on the 23rd and 24th of March to prepare our students to take part in international exchanges. It is going to be lead by two volunteers from France and Spain. We would prepare a big symbolic peace bell and exactly at 10 am we will ring it. We will inform local newspaper and other media."
-- School European Club from Bieliny, Poland

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