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International Day of Peace will be observed today (Saturday) all over the world including Pakistan to recognise the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.
This year "Day of Peace" will be observed under the theme "Education for Peace" to enhance the need for peace by pursuing education.
The day is also observed as the day of ceasefire - personal or political. The dove is a symbol often associated with the International Day of Peace.
UN General Assembly, in 1981, has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace and ceasefire, both within and among all nations and peoples. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.
To mark Peace Day, people around the world take part in various activities and organize events centered on the theme "peace". Events vary from private gatherings to public concerts and forums involving large audiences. Activities include, interfaith peace ceremonies, tree plantation for peace, art exhibitions promoting peace and peace walks etc.
Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has urged the world community to integrate peace into the education systems from primary to higher level as peace remains the key guarantee to the survival of whole planet and creatures living here.
In his message on International Day of Peace, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said access to education is the basic human right for all the children world and we need to invest major portion of our national revenues for provision of education facilities across the country.
He pointed out that International Day of Peace requires both the developed and developing countries to move forward with conviction to restore long-lasting peace in the entire world contribute their resources towards raising a human race, which is 100 per cent literate and understands the importance of peace in human life.
“Illiteracy is breeding crimes, narrow-minded extremism, and terrorism and these evils could be eliminated when children are saved from rouge brain-washing and illusive fantasies through proper education, both religious and scientific,” Bilawal added.
He asked his party government in Sindh to launch a province-wide campaign to reopen the schools, which were turned into personal rendezvoused and influential’s go-downs, particularly in rural areas.
He said it was a matter of rejoice and pride for him that International Day of Peace is being observed on the day he was born 25 years ago.
The PPP chairman demanded of the federal government to adopt the theme of “Education For Peace,” in the curriculum and arrange special training for teachers to disseminate importance of peace and tranquillity among students.