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, 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.[2][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]


  1. ^ "Día Escolar por la Noviolencia y la Paz: ¿De qué va eso?". Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  2. ^ Unattributed (30 January 2009). "School Day Of Non-Violence And Peace". Letter of Peace addressed to the UN. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Eulogio Díaz del Corral. "DENIP: School Day of Non-violence and Peace". DENIP (or: translate). Retrieved 30 January 2012. English translation by the "Majorca Daily Bulletin" (Majorca).
  4. ^ (Spanish) El Tren de la Paz recorrerá la localidad en el Día Escolar de la no Violencia. Retrieved on 2009-01-17
  5. ^ (Spanish) Amigos en la plaza de Navarra. Diario de Navarra. Retrieved on 2009-01-17
  6. ^ DENIP and World Association of Early Childhood Educators (AMEI-WAECE)
  7. ^ Interview with Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Global Education Magazine

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