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In This Issue
We begin to address the challenge presented to the SchoolNet Global Community by the work conducted by John Cabot, Vasant Valley and other Gemini schools. There are many pages within SchoolNet Global that deal with the need for world peace. Some have been excerpted in this issue. In addition we have Sadako's Story, one that perhaps all people should know. Also, we go to a village where Peace is a part of their everyday process. The call is out to all schools and children within the SchoolNet family to publish their ideas that might help to foster peace for all the peoples in the world.
Can There Ever be Peace in the Middle-East?
International Governments are working hard to create a Road Map to Peace, helping the people of Israel and Palestine live together and build a better future.

Students at John Cabot School, UK and Vasant Valley School, India are creating their own Road Map to Peace to complement International Government plans.

Visit this site regularly to find out how our ideas develop and read what we think.
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Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (pronounced nevey shalom/wahat as-salaam) (ne-'vé  shal-'om / 'wah-at  i-sal-'am: Hebrew and Arabic for Oasis of Peace [Isaiah 32:18]): 

A village in Israel established jointly by Jews and Palestinian Arabs of Israeli citizenship and engaged in educational work for peace, equality and understanding between the two peoples.

Situated equidistant from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam was founded in 1972 on 100 acres of land leased from the adjacent Latrun Monastery. In 1977 the first family came to reside here. By early 2003, about 45 families are settled in the village. The members of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam are demonstrating the possibility of coexistence between Jews and Palestinians by developing a community based on mutual acceptance, respect and cooperation. Democratically governed and owned by its members, the community is not affiliated with any political party or movement. MORE
Prisoner's Party
by Becky McGregor
My dad’s earliest Christmas memory was, when he was about four, he went to a party that was held by German Prisoners Of War. The thing that he remembered about that party was that all the presents were made out of scrap wood, metal and anything else that they could get their hands on. The Prisoners Of War had made the presents themselves. The costume that the Santa was wearing was sacks dyed red by the Prisoners. My dad got a butterfly made out of metal and when you rolled it along the ground it flapped its wings. His little sister got a little dog and his friend got a model boat. MORE

Sadako's Story
The paper crane has become an international symbol of peace in recent years as a result of it's connection to the story of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki born in 1943. Sadako was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. As she grew up, Sadako was a strong, courageous and athletic girl. In 1955, at age 11, while practicing for a big race, she became dizzy and fell to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia, "the atom bomb" disease.
Sadako's best friend told her of an old Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish. Sadako hoped that the gods would grant her a wish to get well so that she could run again. She started to work on the paper cranes and completed over 1000 before dying on October 25, 1955 at the age of twelve. MORE
Interviewing Alison Robson
Pulling out of Cairo we saw housing conditions unimaginable in England, houses made of unrolled oil drums and shacks, and it made me reflect on my good fortune to have been born into the environment of my own family life. The train journey took all night and most of the next day. The landscape was mostly desert. Heat and sand was the prevailing landscape, and we enjoyed the Arabic coffee from the buffet car. MORE


Interviewing Leslie Pincott
Afterwards, we pushed inland over very winding roads into the more rugged area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, calling in at old towns such as Mostar and then Jayce, where Tito's resistance fighters had based their operations. We had some anxious moments when a Yugoslav policeman stopped us outside a bank and demanded to see our passports: he had never seen a British passport before(!) and demanded a fine for some obscure and doubtful reason: my wife adeptly took his number and threatened to report him to Belgrade! MORE
Adjusting To Life In Sweden
by Rupa Thakrar
This year, 25 years ago, my parents and 200 other Asians came to Sweden as refugees. They came to a foreign country, a different language, a new culture and a colder climate. For 25 years they have struggled to learn the language, the culture, and to get used to the cold Swedish climate. I'm proud of all these Indians, specially my parents who have succeeded very well. Not even once have I heard them complain about anything that has been different from what they are used to. After all, they had to leave everything behind and start all over. MORE