Ban lauds Jordans Queen for childrens book on crosscultural understanding

27 April 2010Culture and EducationA cultural food fight between “gooey” peanut butter and jelly and “icky” hummus sandwiches leads to global acceptance – at least at the grade-school level – in a colourful picture book launched today by Queen Rania of Jordan and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eminent Advocate for children. A cultural food fight between “gooey” peanut butter and jelly and “icky” hummus sandwiches leads to global acceptance – at least at the grade-school level – in a colourful picture book launched today by Queen Rania of Jordan and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eminent Advocate for children. “I commend Her Majesty Queen Rania for her longstanding commitment to raising awareness about the importance of mutual respect and cross-cultural understanding,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of The Sandwich Swap at the UN Bookshop in New York. “Tolerance and peaceful coexistence are core United Nations values and essential to progress in the twenty-first century,” added Mr. Ban, who was joined at the launch by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka. The book tells the story of best friends Lily and Salma who play together until one day Lily blurts out that Salma’s hummus sandwich looks yucky, and Salma says her friend’s peanut butter and jelly looks and smells gross. “The peanut butter versus hummus story had spread, and everyone began choosing sides,” the story continued, culminating in mutual name calling “dress dumb” and “look weird,” and a massive food fight. The story ends, spoiler alert, with a visit to the principal’s office. Shamed, the girls taste each other’s sandwiches, only to discover the strange sandwiches are quite tasty, and organize a special international event at the school, illustrated with a special three-page fold-out. The book, co-written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Tricia Tusa, is inspired by the usually hummus and pita sandwich-toting Queen’s own introduction to peanut butter and jelly by a peer in nursery school. “She asked if I would like to try it and because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, I braced myself and tasted it. Well, I thought it was heavenly,” the Queen explains in the book’s author note. “It’s easy to jump to conclusions when we come across something new or foreign or strange,” the Queen wrote, adding that if we get to know each other, “we learn something wonderful about someone else and about ourselves.” read more

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Winter coat giveaway Oct 24 for international students in need

The Ecumenical Chaplaincy at Brock, along with the Student Justice Centre and the International Students Association, are looking for winter coasts to be donated to students in need.The annual winter coat giveaway is Friday, Oct. 24 from 1-4 p.m. in Captain John’s Lounge, DeCew.Gently used winter coats will be accepted and can be dropped off at the Student Justice Centre (TH 252A) by the end of day Thursday, Oct. 23.There are usually around 50 coats donated each year from Brock faculty, staff and students and the St. Catharines community.“It’s a significant and important event, especially for international students who experience their first winter in Canada,” said David Galston, Brock University Ecumenical Chaplain. read more

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