PR Islamabad - Since 1981, the International Day of Peace is yearly observed around the world on September 21. In 1981, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared this day as a day dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

This year the theme for Peace Day is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” 

Roots International Schools celebrated International Peace Day yesterday to put across the message of unity, peace, brotherhood and tolerance in our society. The objective of the celebrations was to promote and increase awareness among students towards the importance of peace in world.

Early in the morning, the students attended the morning assembly dressed in shades of blue and white. They were advised that the best way in which they could contribute to world peace was by showcasing peace in their behaviour.

The students participated in several activities organised by their teachers and other staff members that included the preparation of slogans, posters, headbands and origami doves that depicted their idea of a peaceful society.

A number of well-thought talks also took place in between the students during the ceremony in which they discussed what peace is and what it means to them.

After the presentation, paper doves were released in the air by attaching them to balloons. All the students were also given souvenirs. Later that afternoon, the RIS students hit the streets of the twin cities to share their messages with the rest of the community. Using two brightly coloured banners, ‘Peace Day’ and ‘Dignity 4 All’ made by the students themselves, students paraded the Margalla roads and the streets around the parks - laughing, singing and spontaneously shouting their messages to residents and passersby. This fun-filled afternoon allowed Roots International Schools to spread the message of peace with the help of their students. The community of Islamabad will not soon forget what the 21st of September is all about.

At the end of the entire program, prayers were held for the prosperity of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Flagship Millennium Campus, I-9/3, hosted a Student Council Oath Taking Ceremony 2016 in an effort to encourage young individuals to regularize student body and become responsible citizens here at Millennium Campus I-9/3. AS & ‘A’ Level young Millennials vowed under oath that they will be active and responsible members of the Student Executive Council and will abide by the laws made by the College and the body to guarantee themselves and the student body a better campus life.

Inspector General of Islamabad Police, Tariq Masood Yasin graced this auspicious occasion as a chief guest and inducted the School’s Head-boy Waiz Kamran and Head-girl Urooba Ahmed the Student Executive Council, after administering their oaths followed by other student council members. Badges, certificates and sachets were awarded to the members of the council which they received with immense pride and diligence. Chief Executive Roots Millennium Schools and National Career Counsellor Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq (TI) congratulated and advised the students to work with responsibility and dexterity. He described the college elections as a platform for the council to learn how to maintain discipline and help others. He also emphasized on leadership and determination of the youth to make a revolutionary change in Pakistan. Young talented and professional Millennials also were engaged in various internships and social voluntary programs offered during the summer vacation 2016 through the campus dedicated office of Global reach, summer placements and partnerships.