THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES
Created on January 21, 2021
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SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND
CHIZUKO ( Sadako's friend)
SADAKO WITH HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS
SADAKO'S MEMORIAL, HIROSHIMA, JAPAN
A MILLENNIAL HISTORY
(for Infant and first cycle students)
Did you know that there is an ancient Japanese legend that says that anyone who makes 1000 paper cranes will have a wish granted?
The thousand origami cranes became a symbol of peace because of the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who wanted to be cured of her illness caused by the aftermath of the radiation of the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima. After the advice of her friend Chizuko and while she was in the hospital, she decided that she would make 1000 paper cranes. She thought that her wish would not only be to heal, but also that the whole world could live in peace, without war. Sadako couldn't get over the illness and she didn't finish all the cranes either (she died when she was 12). But Chizuko, her friend and many more friends of hers came to make the 1000 cranes, hoping that there would be no more wars in the future and peace would be finally achieved. In this way, it became a symbol of peace throughout the world.
Three years after Sadako's death, the children of Hiroshima dedicated a statue to her with a cross in her hand. The statue is still preserved in the Hiroshima Peace Park, where every year on August 6, the day of peace in Japan, thousands of paper cranes arrive in Hiroshima from all corners of the globe.
Traditionally, giving away paper cranes has been associated with wanting to wish for health, well-being, happiness, and prosperity. They are given, among other moments, when a child is born, when a couple gets married, when someone is sick ... Or they can be given to someone you love or who is important to you.
GENERAL AIM: To sensitize students, teachers, non-teaching personnel and families of the Municipal Benimaclet School with the theme of Peace, generating the participation of all in a public action that takes place every year around January 30, Peace Day and non-violence recognized by the UN since 1993.
The objective is to try to make a thousand paper cranes among all the people of the SCHOOL: students, teachers, families ...
On the one hand, students of all levels together with their teachers are going to make their respective cranes in class.
On the other hand, we would like this activity to be transferred to homes and families to also build these paper animals.
At the end of this coming week (until Friday January 29) we will take the cranes that we have made at home to add them to those made at school.
All the cranes will be bundled in groups or individually hung from fishing lines and displayed at school so that everyone can feel proud of the work done.