School Award





2017 Peace and Cooperation
School Award

“Looking to the Stars - The Future of the World”

From the 4th to the 10th of October the annual World Space Week is celebrated at the international level, with the objective to make known "the contributions of space science and technology to the amelioration of the human condition" (General Assembly resolution A/RES/54/68, PDF Document, 6th of December 1999).

The dates of the World Space Week are chosen bearing in mind that on the 4th of October 1957 the first artificial Earth Satellite, Sputnik, was launched into outer space, which opened the way for space exploration. Further, on October 10 1967, the Treaty on Principles governing the activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, came into force.

This year, Peace and Cooperation Foundation with UNOOSA, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs,  is looking to the stars to search for inspiration for this School Award, which aims to raise awareness through the most powerful tool -which is education- to new generations on social issues of global nature.

Appeal to the teaching staff/faculty

Education and the increased awareness of social issues must be a constant theme in our work as educators if we want to improve human relations. Peace and Cooperation, for the 35th consecutive year, wishes to help you in this difficult task by offering you different activities, through this appeal , so as to motivate  students and give content to these objectives, which certainly form a part of the educational principles of the center in which you work.

Your work is important, therefore we encourage you to participate and we thank you.

Message from the General Director of UNESCO to Peace and Co-operation

"Peace and Co-operation, an organisation that has achieved recognition for its untiring defence of peace and non-violence. One of its most outstanding initiatives has been to recognise, with its ?Peace and Co-operation School Award?, the efforts of those who work towards the ideals of peace, multicultural relations and diversity from all corners of the world"

Koichiro Matsuura
General Director of UNESCO
Barcelona Forum, September 21st 2004.

An Appeal to Teachers

Education in the promotion of peace must constantly be included in your work as educators if you want to aid in the promotion of better human relations.

PEACE AND COOPERATION wants to help you with this difficult task by offering you different activities to motivate students and give content to these objectives that, for certain, form part of your school's Principles of Education.

Your work is important, and because of that we encourage your participation and offer you our deepest gratitude.



2017 Peace and Cooperation School Award

“Watching the stars
The Future of the World”


1. Free Drawing (until 6 years old).

"I ask myself if the starts lighten up with the sole intent of helping everyone find their own star". The Little Prince.
One of the objective of the UN is to promote international cooperation through the spread and education on space. Therefore, we ask teachers to teach boys and girls the basic knowledge on space; what is the Sun, what is its function, the comets, the missions to the Moon and to Mars...But more than just data, when you look at the sky what do you see, what is there, what would you like to find there?
Stars have been the source of inspiration of writers or artists, for sure it will be also the one of the youngest ones. Express you answer to these questions through a drawing in DIN-A4 format (largest size).

2. Poster and Motto (7 to 12 years old)

For half a century, the UN, through the Office for Outer Space Affairs, has looked at the fact that all the world inhabitants should enjoy the benefit of space, including veiling these issues so as to use the outer space in a pacific matter. What do you think are the contributions that spatial science and technology give to the amelioration of human condition?
Express your answer through a poster and a small text, which supports it. Minimum Format DIN-A3 (29.7x42cm) and max 50x70cm. 

3. Mural or collective work (from 12 to 15 years old). Shared challeges
  The 12th of April has been declared by the UN (Resolution A/RES/65/271) as the International Cosmonautics Day.  The message of the Secretary General in the International Cosmonautics Day said, " … this will make us remember our common humanity and our necessity to join efforts to overcome our shared challenges".
What are the challenges that face humanity? We ask you to show us to join efforts and showing us which are these challenges in a mural or collective work. 

4. Free composition (from 16 to 18 years old)
The "spatial subject" is not just science and technology, it is the realisation of a dream. What child has not dreamt of being an astronaut an travelling to the moon when he/she was a child? Again we look at the message of the Secretary General when he said, "... this day should incite the youth in particular in realizing their dreams".
What are your dreams? Express this connection through a free artistic creation in which you show what you see, what you imagine or what you feel.

Extraordinary Prize Yuri Gagarin
The 12th of April 1961 the Sovietic citizen, born in Russia, Yuri Gagarin carried out te first flight to the space, an historical event which opened the way to exploration of space, beneficial for whole humanity. It is because of this that the General Assembly declared the 12th of October International Cosmonautics Day in its resolution A/RES/65/271.
Yuri Gagarin was a man who "made possible what seemed to be impossible". We propose to you to create a party in your scholar institution, on one side to understand and get to know more the figure of ths person who made history and on another side to show to all the young people (of all ages) that it is possible to do what seems impossible.
Send us videos and pictures of such an important celebration.
Works can be submitted in any of the 6 official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, English or Russian).
The works must be presented before the 4th July 2017 in the central office of Peace and Cooperation in Madrid, either by email or better by post:
    Fundación Paz y Cooperación
     C/ Meléndez Valdés, Nº 68, 4 izq.
     28015 Madrid (España)
    Tel: (34) 91 549 61 56
    Fax: (34) 91 543 52 82

For the videos, we recommend uploading them on Youtube and sending us the link at

The International Jury:
The international jury will meet in Madrid, on September 11th , 2017, at the Egyptian Institute.
• 6 Diplomas in each category
• 7 Awards of 300 euros

Official ceremony:
The award ceremony will take place in Vienna, Austria, with UNOOSA and Misión Permanente de España, october 2017, in commemoration of the “School Day for Understanding and Peace”.

To all, THANK YOU FOR TAKING PART, and above all, THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING THAT, TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A BETTER WORLD. Special THANKS TO THE TEACHERS who help us to educate the children of the world and instill in them the desire to improve that this society needs.

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