Worldwide, September 21st marks one universal day, where people from all ages, nationalities, cultures, and walks of life, come together in one unified purpose: to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

In 1981, the United Nations established, by a unanimous resolution of all member nations, the United Nations International Day of Peace (UNIDOP). Today, it is a shared date for people all around the world to commit to building a culture of peace.

Lighting a Candle for Peace

Over at the Hongqiao Early Childhood Campus, our youngest learners lead the celebrations in the morning. Congregating in the gymnasium, Pre-school through Kindergarten classes sang their hearts out for peace and harmony in the world. The highlight of this morning’s celebrations was when everyone was handed a blue-lit candle and, with the window shades pulled down and the lights turned off, the entire gym gave a heart-warming rendition of: “Light a Candle for Peace”.The ECE community came together again in the afternoon for a UNIDOP themed picnic. Parents were invited to come to school and bring dishes from their home countries to share with everyone. It was a perfect way to wrap up a wonderful day of celebrations.

Speaking one Universal Language

Across the river at our Pudong campus, the whole school gathered in the theatre to witness the annual parade of nations. Students marched across the stage dressed in traditional clothing, representing their home countries, and greeted the audience by saying “hello” in their native language. Throughout the day, there was not only visible evidence of a culturally diverse student body but an indescribable sense of international mindedness that makes SCIS a special place to learn.

We hope you will be able to join us on Friday, October 18th at our Hongqiao Campus, as we will continue to celebrate the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.

SCIS. One Community.

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