School Day of Non-violence and Peace

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School Day of Non-violence and Peace (DENIP)
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Logo DENIP, by the painter Eulogio Díaz del Corral


The School Day of Non-violence and Peace (or DENIP, acronym from Catalan-Balearic: Dia Escolar de la No-violència i la Pau), is an observance founded by the Spanish poet Llorenç Vidal Vidal in Majorca in 1964 as a starting point and support for a pacifying and non-violent education of a permanent character.[1] Different as the first proposed by the UNESCO "Armistice Day" in 1948,[2] the "School Day of Non-violence and Peace" (DENIP) is observed on January 30 or thereabouts every year, on the anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, in schools all over the world.[3] In countries with a Southern Hemisphere school calendar, it can be observed on 30 March.[3] Its basic and permanent message is: "Universal love, non-violence and peace. Universal love is better than egoism, non-violence is better than violence, and peace is better than war".[4] In Navarra the slogan for the 2009 was "above all, we are friends" (Spanish:"Por encima de todo, somos amigos").[5] DENIP and World Association of Early Childhood Educators (AMEI-WAECE) collaborate to celebrate this event in the schools of the latter worldwide.[6] Former Director-General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, has been promoting during decades the School Day of Non-violence and Peace, saying in Global Education Magazine: "We can not achieve a sustainable development without a culture of peace[7]".

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