By Fran Siracusa
As Jennifer and I set out upon this Calliope Global new year of 2017, we eagerly plan our mobilization to meet the call to action of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. Whether it be working with international educators or global classrooms of students, we are poised to make positive change for people and planet through various educational initiatives.
On that account, imagine my delight when during the early days of January 2017, I open my email box to find a beautiful surprise: one of our partner classrooms from our Buncee Buddies Peace Project has reached out to kindly send us Holiday Greetings from their Kindergarten classroom in the Philippines! I am humbly reminded by the pure joy and innocence of these global citizens in their greeting to "put peace first," as equivalently pledged by the new UN Secretary-General António Guterres. I bring to mind that one simple way to overcome differences between peoples and countries is to simply extend good wishes, and begin the process of sincere connection with one another. May we work dilligently to advocate for peace (Sustainable Development Goal #16) and positive change; and may a peace committment guide the many dedicated global educators and youngest of our global citizens! Happy New Year! ¡Próspero Año Nuevo!
Click here to see full Buncee. This sentiment is an exemplar of a sustainable global classroom relationship in simplest form.