The city of Mountain View is scheduled to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace 1-3 p.m. Saturday in the Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St.
The city’s fourth annual celebration of the Day of Peace emphasizes education as a driving force for world peace through talks, music, dance, fellowship and activities for all ages.
The program will include appearances by Ana Maria Sanchez, local delegate at the 2013 UN Commission on the Status of Women; singer/drummer Gustaff Besungu of Cameroon; Mayor John Inks, presenting an update on peace activities in the city; and dancers from the Acme Chinese School.
The Day of Peace will feature two short addresses: Vera Michalchik of the Stanford Research Institute will discuss how education for peace can work, and John Rettger of Stanford University will address education for inner peace.
Children’s activities will include origami, painting and drawing.
The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace 23 years ago to promote the ideals of peace. This year’s theme was chosen to highlight the pivotal role education plays in community building.
“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his 100-day countdown message for the event. “Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.”
The Baha’i community of Mountain View organized Mountain View’s International Day of Peace celebration.