Empowering Children

Empowering Children

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 PABLO PICASSO’S PEACE DOVE by PALESTINIAN CHILDREN at JERICHO (UNRWA & JOHN QUIGLEY) (MaximsNewsART)          MaximsNewsNetwork: 27 November 2011: UNRWA: West Bank –Hundreds of young people from United Nations schools in the Jericho area on Friday created a massive aerial image in conjunction with the world-renowned artist, John Quigley, sending out a peace message to the worldthey gathered at the foot of the Mount of Temptation just outside Jericho in the shape of Pablo Picasso’s Peace Dove.  (Photo Credit: Photo by John Quigley / Spectral Q )The image is being created as part of “Project Peace on Earth,” founded by Steve Robertson, which will stage a globally broadcast Musical Prayer for Peace concert from Bethlehem’s Manger Square on Christmas Day. “Our soul is defined by the music of our heart”, said Robertson. When we listen towards that Divinity and choose to express that joyful wisdom, the result is always peace.Directed by aerial artist Quigley, who has created mass images from groups of people for over a quarter of a century, they gathered at the foot of the Mount of Temptation just outside Jericho in the shape of Pablo Picasso’s Peace Dove. John Quigley worked with local assistants to create the grid for the image that the children would form.Persons from all over Jericho volunteered to help the artist prepare the image on the day before and in the early morning of the day of the event, from refugee camp officials to Bedouin families living nearby the canyon where the Peace Dove was created.  John Quigley went around the UN schools in Jericho the day before the event to ask the children to take part in the image.  Hundreds of children came to the canyon because they wanted to help Quigley on their day off, not because their teachers had told them to go.  The event was organized by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees and the “Peace on Earth” project. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the “Peace on Earth” project. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East: UNRWA: Mount of Temptation, Jericho, Occupied Palestinian Territories MaximsNewsART: See: http://www.MaximsNewsArt.com MaximsNewsNetwork See:http://www.MaximsNews.com  News Network for the United Nations and the International CommunityHundreds of students from United Nations schools in the Jericho area have created a massive aerial image of the Dove of Peace in conjunction with the world-renowned artist, John Quigley. Directed by Quigley, who has created mass aerial images from large groups of people for over a quarter of a century, they gathered in the dove formation at the foot of the Mount of Temptation in Jericho, reputed to be the oldest and lowest city on earth.“This is a mirror image of Picasso’s famous ‘Peace Dove’. Palestinian youth are sending the message to “Love One Another” and “Love All” so we can find a path to peace”, said Quigley. “These kids are planting seeds of hope into the heart of the middle east conflict. They deserve the kind of positive future we wish for all children.”The students are from schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, which educates half a million children across the Middle East.“The world needs to sit up and listen to the youth of this region”, said UNRWA Commissioner General, Filippo Grandi, “their message of peace is essential. It is the voice of the next generation.”UNRWA is grateful to the sponsors and donors of this event:Visitpalestine.ps, the Ambassador Hotel, the Jericho Resort Village, the Jericho Cable Car, Kamar Productions

“Let nothing be done to harm the Children” – Native American

A Vision of Possibilities

Project Peace on Earth (PPOE) concept overview video. This video was written and produced by Steve Robertson and Richard Gannaway of AO Music. The Music is generously provided by AO Music. The voiceover by musician Miriam Stockley of AO Music and the famed song Adiemus . Special thanks to Kenny Fields at West Post Digital for editing support.


World Statistics Concerning Children

2.4 Billion people live in extreme poverty earning less than $2 per day. These people live chronically hungry, are unable to get health care, lack safe drinking water and sanitation, cannot afford education for their children and lack rudimentary shelter. – The World Bank
Over 11 million people die each year from preventable diseases. This is comprised of 3.8 million who die from Acute respiratory infections, 2.8 million who die from AIDS, 1.8 million who die from Diarrhea disease, 1.6 million who die from TB, 1.2 million who die from Malaria, and .5 million who die from the Measles.
– The World Health Organization
There are over 160 million malnourished children under the age of five. 34,000 of these children die each day due to hunger or preventable diseases resulting from hunger.
– National Association for the Prevention of Starvation
There are an estimated 110 million unexploded land mines worldwide. These land mines remain active for up to 50 years. The cost to build a land mine is approximately $3. It costs up to $1000 to remove a single land mine. – The United Nations
An estimated 15,000 – 20,000 people, many of the children, are killed every year by land mines.
– US Department of State




The Benefits of Healthy Self-Esteem

Be and Do Peace (Awareness and Action)

Parenting  (Parents with Self-Esteem teach children well):

“Learning good parenting techniques is important, but the self-esteem of the parents themselves is—by far—the most crucial and essential element.”  Key Findings of the California Task Force (C.T.F) on Self-Esteem key findings.

Cost to society if not corrected:   “If a person does not believe in her own self-worth, then she is less likely to care for herself and her pregnancy.  Each dollar spent on prenatal care saves an average of $2.57 in later medical costs.  Neonatal intensive care for one infant costs an estimated $19,000.  This could pay for 60 women to receive prenatal care.”


•  Develop a statewide and nationwide campaign to educate all States (and citizens of the United States) regarding the primary role of parents in the development of healthy self-esteem for children and for personal and social responsibility; culturally-sensitive multi-lingual training in loving and effective ways to raise children.

•  Include child-rearing courses in the school curriculum.

•  Provide health education for expectant mothers and fathers.

•  Provide self-esteem and responsibility training for all foster parents and institutional-care staff.

•  Reduce the number of teenage pregnancies through self-esteem training.

•  Provide support programs for parents at-risk of abusing children.

•  Provide women’s shelters that contain a self-esteem and responsibility component.

•  Reduce spousal and child abuse through self-esteem and relationship training.

“In the so-called civilized world, children are physically, sexually and/or emotionally abused; they are the leaders of our future.  When children are raised in such a hostile and violent environment, how can we hope for a harmonious future for all people of this world?  In this light, the purpose of human life is to achieve our own spiritual evolution, to get rid of negativity, to establish harmony among our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual quadrants, to learn to live in harmony within the family, community, nation; treating all of mankind as brothers and sisters.”     – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (Time magazine, The Meaning of Life)

Be and Do Peace  (Awareness and Action)

 “Self-esteem is the likeliest candidate for a social vaccine, something that empowers us to live responsibly and that inoculates us against the lures of crime, violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, child abuse, chronic welfare dependency, and educational failure.” Key Findings of the California Task Force (C.T.F) on Self-Esteem key findings.

Self-Esteem and Nutrition (Personal Responsibility and Reduction of Obesity):

“Appreciating our worth and importance involves accepting ourselves, setting realistic expectations, forgiving ourselves and others, taking risks, trusting and expressing feelings.  Our self-worth also rests on appreciating our creativity, our minds, our bodies and our spiritual beings.”    Key Findings of the C.T.F. on Self-Esteem

Cost to society if not corrected:  “The societal costs imposed by preventable disease are now placed at more than $680 billion annually.”  Medical research indicates that treatments such as nutritional medicine, meditation, and support groups can often prevent the need for high-risk, high cost care.”

A Still Mind (This program promotes meditation and reflection as a means of increasing attention span, brain coherence and increases one’s GPA.)

Yoga versus Medications (Physical Flexibility increases Emotional Stability.)

Education:  (Higher GPA increases HSG rate which inspires greater interest in College):

“Schools that deliberately nurture self-esteem have recorded impressive results in academics as well as in social and personal responsibility.”  Key Findings of the C.T.F. on Self-Esteem

Cost to society if not corrected:  The average drop-out rate of 30% before high school graduation costs the nation $228 billion in lost earnings and $68 billion in foregone taxes.”


•  Encourage self-reflection/introspection increases personal responsibility.

•  Promote more parent involvement.

•  Weave self-esteem and responsibility into the total educational program.

•  Educate every educator through pre-service and in-service training in self-esteem and responsibility.

•  Give students opportunities to do community service.

•  Formulate a real-life skills curriculum.

•  Provide cooperative learning opportunities.

•  Inspire neighborhood beautification and graffiti clean-up.

Inner Peace Creates Outer Peace:  Have Peace in the Community (Quality of Life)

Substance Abuse:  (Healthy Self-Esteem reduces rates in Substance Abuse)

“It is evident that enhancing self-esteem so as to affect abusive behavior requires a deep change in one’s sense of self.  Difficult though it will be, this reducing-the-demand approach holds great promise for long-term benefits.”   – Key Findings of the C.T.F. on Self-Esteem

Cost to society if not corrected:  “A person with low self-esteem is more susceptible to the abuse of drugs and alcohol than someone with a healthy sense of self-esteem.”  In 1983, alcohol and drug abuse, and the associated affects of reduced productivity, treatment, and crime cost America $175 billion.”


•  Educate parents.

•  “Just-Say-No” campaign does not empower someone to say “Yes” to life.

•  Expand school prevention programs.

•  Encourage the media to accept responsibility for its part in shaping public self-esteem and especially for its presentation of  acceptable behavior with regard to the use of drugs and alcohol.

Domestic and Gang Violence:  (Self-Esteem and Conflict Resolution )

“When young people fail to find acceptance and affirmation, a sense of belonging, and a significant part in decision making, many of them seek those human necessities in gangs. People need to know that they matter—to be able to experience the personal accomplishment of making a difference.  When these opportunities are not available in positive endeavors and relationships, disappointed and frustrated people often pursue them in ways that are both personally and socially destructive.”    – Key Findings of the C.T.F. on Self-Esteem

Cost to society if not corrected:  “A common characteristic among interviewed violent inmates and parolees was self-image compensating that involved aggressive behavior to demonstrate their worth.  Nationwide, over 3.7 million persons are under federal or state correctional supervision.  In 1990, inmates in Federal prisons cost the taxpayer over $1.2 billion.  An inmate costs approximately $30,000 a year to house.”


•  Hold juveniles accountable for crime.

•  Combat gangs with self-esteem programs in schools.

•  Create community partnerships to develop after-school activities.

•  Establish self-esteem programs in correctional facilities.

•  Promote arts programs in institutional settings.

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