Children of the Earth - October 2012

A Song for Peace by Kehkashan

A Song for Peace by Kehkashan



Empathy and Compassion in Society Youth Gathering: A conference for professionals in education, health and social care | London, 23-24 November | Preceded by a Youth Conference, 22 November.


Divine Interjection

COE Youth Leader Divine profiled at the international year at COP


Take the Pledge for Peace!

There are literally billions of acts of peace happening around the world every day and many more are needed to address the most pressing issues facing our world. Partners like us from all around the world are coming together to reach a collective goal of a billion acts of peace in 2012.  Help us get there together and Take the Pledge! 




Join the Illuminating Education FREE Telesummit and enjoy a conversation about how to have students, teachers and communities live more powerfully while preventing teacher burn-out.


1st Spirit of Humanity Forum in Reykjavik, Iceland

A global partnership of organisations, communities and individuals, committed to improving the condition of the world and those who live in it. The Forum creates a safe space for dialogue and self exploration among leaders to discover new ways to move forward together. 


WINConference October 3 to October 5

The Women's International Networking Conference is focused on bringing women worldwide 'up to the next level' in their careers and in their lives. W.I.N. brings leaders together in a unique environment. It covers a wide array of topics and an even wider range of workshops and networking opportunities. 


Awakened World 2012: Engaged Spirituality of the 21st Century

The purpose of "Awakened World 2012" is to call attention to shifting paradigms in our world today- including concern for human rights and the environment - and help facilitate the religious and spiritual healing of the world. Men and women representing a diverse array of the world's wisdom traditions and cultures will meet to explore the evolution of religion and spirituality in the 21st century. 


10th International Conference on Transformative Learning

November 1-4, 2012 in San Francisco. At the conference, we strive to envision a more coherent and dynamic praxis for transformative learning in multiple domains and at multiple levels. We gather to articulate with more diversity and clarity what we already know, and to explore what we can discover together, to create a just and sustainable future.


Global Oneness Day 2012

24 October, 2012

A FREE Global Telesummit Imagine a world where everyone feels welcomed and wanted...Imagine a world where everyone knows, deep in their hearts, that they belong...Imagine a world where we all recognize that we are part of one global family...It may sound like a dream, but it's not.

This world is possible now!

And the time has come to make this dream a reality.

That's the intention of Global Oneness Day: To remind you to remember the truth of our Oneness, that all of life is connected, and to inspire you to celebrate and appreciate this truth with others.


Building a Culture of Peace Youth Leadership Institute

September 16 to 21

Building A Culture of Peace Youth Leadership Institute (the Institute) is an on-going long term project that offers opportunities for American and international youth to learn leadership skills and knowledge necessary for participating in the movement of building a culture of peace worldwide now and in the future.   


COE Reports from the EYES Summer Camp in EU

The summer camp of EYES was really great! EYES stands for Empowering Youth in a European Society and is a network of young European citizens pursuing active self-empowerment. During the week within France there were many people from different cultures and organizations, as well as political flavors. 

COE International Day of Peace Activities

Read about the activities of Children of the Youth around the world celebrating the International Day of Peace. 



Organized a conference on a non-violent approach to conflict resolution.



Used positive media to highlight youth, peace and sustainability.



Organized a community dialogue session focused on ways to sustain peace for a sustainable future. 



Organized a walk with school children and distributed new dresses to a women's shelter.


United Arab Emirates

Held a peace concert organized by a music school and distributed care packages to underprivileged laborers.



Introduce teenage girls from diverse backgrounds to do a service learning project in which they speak about friendship, tolerance and various cultural backgrounds.  



Celebrated with a gathering around a special fir tree called The Tree of Peace. Included a symbolic burial of children's war-toys under the tree.



Students of diverse cultures participated in a peace-building workshop and traveled to the United Nations in NYC.


Students gathered to create posters and write essays.



UAE Chapter Leader Simran Vedvyas Recognized by Dubai Cares


Chapter Leader Simran Vedvyas Recognized by Dubai Cares

I was honored as invited guest to attend the celebration of Dubai Cares 5th Anniversary, special ceremony, held under the patronage and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai to recognize Dubai Cares individuals and organizations that continuously supported Dubai Cares for the past 5 years. 


I am proud to be a student of GEMS managed The Millennium School, Dubai United Arab Emirates. GEMS Education is driven by the desire to achieve excellence and meet local and community needs.



The Teddy Bear Journey Begins

The Teddy Bear Journeydirected by Laura Simms  


THE TEDDY BEAR JOURNEY sponsored by Children of the Earth and designed by storyteller Laura Simms launched a new arts program for young children in a small camp in Port au Prince, Haiti. Our report will describe the Teddy Bear Journey in the context of the children's art program. The teddy bears instigated a brilliant surprising and joyful event that was loved by the children, and everyone else in the camp. The lovely bears were irresistible. They had tremendous significance for the children who became their caretakers. 



COE's Divine selected to participate in the inaugural edition of the 'Discovering Young Leaders Programme' DYLP course



The course will take place over 5 weeks from 17 September to 19 October, 2012. Particpants will take the course online via a wiki platform where they will be part of a social network and online discussions with other participants in 39 countries across the Commonwealth. 



UAE Hub Leader Kehkashan Basu Attends Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness


Kehkashan Basu

The 12th Asia Pacific Conference on Giftedness was held in Dubai, UAE from 14th to 18th July, 2012. This was the first time this biennial conference was held in the Middle East.  The 2012 conference was hosted by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for the Distinguished Academic Performance,  which is also partnered by UNESCO.


The Children & Youth Conference, which was an integral part of this summit, brought together the most brilliant, gifted and intelligent 9-18 year old minds of the Asia Pacific Region. Almost 570 children attended this unique summit, with participants from Korea, Thailand, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and other Asian nations.



COE Chapter Leader for United Arab Emirates and India (Northern) carried the Olympic Flame 2012 as the youngest Olympic Torch Bearer for the Gulf Region

COE Chapter Leader carries the Olympic Flame

Nominated and sponsored by Samsung Gulf Electronics as social campaigner and a 'star' student of the school,  Simran aspires to represent Peace, Unity and Friendship."


A young, energetic, humble and ever smiling, always ready to walk an extra mile to help others are some words to describe Simran Vedvyas who is a student at The Millennium School Dubai, as also the Environment Prefect, Best Buddies Prefect and the Head Girl for the Arabic Club of the school.  Simran is one of the only six chosen from UAE. 



COE Needs Your Help To Improve Literacy Rates In Remote Aboriginal Communities


Bus of BooksAbout half of all Aboriginal children in Australia are at or below minimum standards for reading by the time they reach late primary school. Syndey-based charity Bus of Books (BOB) provides a solution that can significantly reduce this problem and increase the standards of reading for children in Australia.



Donate to COE

Want more News from COE? Subscribe to the COE Newsletter: