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During the month of January we will be celebrating peacemakers from around the world. We are asking our parents to research, with their children, a peacemaker—an individual that has made a significant contribution to bringing us towards a more peaceful world—and to bring their information to school to share with everyone on our Peacemakers from Around the World Day.

As a woman dedicated to peace efforts, I would like to add Maria Montessori’s name to the list of remarkable people dedicated to world peace. After witnessing the devastation brought on by two world wars, Maria along with her son, Mario, created the Peace Education and Peace Curriculum program for children 6 to 12 years of age. She understood that peace education needed to be an important aspect of childhood education and her intent was to guide children toward the discovery that we all share the same needs and that all things on earth are interrelated in the past, the present, and the future. Her intent was to bring peace to the world through the education of children, our hope for the future, and is quoted as saying, “Avoiding war is the work of politics; establishing peace is the work of education.” Maria Montessori was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to bring about world peace.

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