Written by: Emma Akinlusi
The Mayors for Peace UK and Ireland Chapter meeting that took place on Friday 3rd July 2020, was an excellent opportunity for Peace Partners to shine a light on what we do, focusing on one of our flagship areas, the Peace Education Programme initiative that we have pioneered in the UK.
It was insightful to hear from the Lord Mayor of Manchester, find out about the development of the Mayors for Peace European Chapter, the ICAN Cities Appeal and commemoration for the 75th anniversary of the atomic weapon attacks and the end of the Second World War. A poignant element included a personal insight from a policy advisor who had visited Hiroshima to learn more about its legacy.
Our lead on the Peace Education Programme gave a presentation to Mayoral figures outlining ways in which this initiative could be utilised by local regions and communities, with some interaction taking place to follow up with interested parties afterwards.
Look out for a more fuller report in our next e-bulletin about this important meeting and also our plans to acknowledge with peace declarations for the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima.
Peace Partners is supporting The Prem Rawat Foundation Peace Education Programme.
Peace Partners is the recipient of a National Lottery 2019 Community Fund Award. One of the many projects it has been able to help support through the award is the Get Creative with Peace initiative organised in Brixton, south London by Celebrate Life Events (CLE). CLE host regular cross-community and musical celebration events in London which have a focus on creativity and peace. CLE held its initial Get Creative with Peace workshop in April 2019 and you can read about the event on CLE’s website celebrate-life.co.uk/get-creative-with-peace.
Following its success a further five of these interactive workshops were hosted during the summer, made possible in part by significant funding from Peace Partners’ Lottery Award.
The workshop was developed to be used with teenagers, especially in London schools and youth centres, as well as with other community groups and was piloted as a means of introducing people to the internationally acclaimed, Prem Rawat Foundation Peace Education Programme.
Peace Partners in association with Youth Futures and The Tutu Foundation UK
celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Watch the first in a series of short videos from the event, a synoptic view of the day's activities: