UN Secretary-General calls for teaching children the value of tolerance and mutual respectListen /
"One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world."
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon quoted these words of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani young girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for campaigning for girl's education.
Mr. Ban spoke at a Peace Bell ringing ceremony to observe the International Day of Peace at United Nations headquarters on Wednesday.
The day itself is observed around the world on 21st of September to reflect and reiterate the belief in non-violence and call for a global ceasefire.
Secretary-General Ban said "perhaps nowhere in the world is this more desperately needed than in Syria" where "the death and suffering has gone on too long."
"The theme of this year's observance is 'Education for Peace'. When Malala Yousafzai came to the United Nations in July, she said: "One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world." These are our most powerful weapons. That is why I launched the Global Education First Initiative last year." (22")
Secretary-General Ban said "every girl and every boy deserves to receive a quality education and learn the values that will help them to grow up to be global citizens in tolerant communities that respect diversity."
On this International Day of Peace, he urged everyone to pledge to teach children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.