Head of School’s Letter

Building Back Together for Peace and Prosperity: United Nations Day 2022

Posted by Holly Hirst on October 27, 2022

 “Peace is what every human being is craving for,
and it can be brought about by humanity through the child.”
 ~Maria Montessori
United Nations Day was officially observed on Monday, October 24. However, at ASM we celebrate, study, and strive for peace throughout the year.
Dr. Montessori wrote, lectured, and trained teachers worldwide on the importance of peace education and the impact that children could have in achieving world peace. Efforts to advance the rights of children dominated the last years of her life when she became involved in the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
We celebrate United Nations Day in honor of Dr. Montessori and her involvement with the UN. ASM students observed this day in a variety of ways. Some Children’s House students studied flags from countries around the world; dressed in clothing that represent their family’s cultures; created family trees; and listened to Mrs. Hirst read The Peace Book by Todd Parr.
Lower Elementary students researched a variety of countries to understand different cultures and traditions and then created colorful, informative posters to be displayed around the school. They also sampled delicious foods from around the world during the annual LE UN Luncheon on Friday, October 21. Upper Elementary students wrote essays and poems on peace, and the sixth year students will share their work during tomorrow’s All-School Meeting.
During the Second World War, Maria Montessori was exiled from Italy when her pacifist views clashed with those of Benito Mussolini, a proponent of war. After spending time in Spain and the Netherlands, she eventually traveled to India where she remained until 1946. Her experiences during this time had a profound effect on her beliefs and philosophy. Montessori became a vocal advocate for peace, and hence it became an integral part of her teachings.
Our students are fortunate to learn about the meaning of peace and to develop an understanding of cultures that differ from their own. They are learning what it means to be at peace with themselves and others. ASM students practice the important skill of becoming peacemakers and we have no doubt that this will have a lifelong impact upon them.

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