Report: Wales for Peace – Young Peacemakers Awards in Cardiff by Roger Barrington

Recently, I attended the Wales for Peace Young Peacemakers Award held at the Temple of Peace in Cathays Park, Cardiff.

Wales for Peace a 4-year Heritage Lottery funded project, based at the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.  According to their website their vision is “To inspire a new generation of internationalists through learning from Wales’ peace heritage… the individuals, communities and movements who have championed Wales’ peacebuilding role in the world, from the First World War to today”.

This event marked the second event of this type this week, because, due to the amount of travelling involved, this year’s awards were divided between venues in North and South Wales. On the 14th March 2018, the ceremony took place at Ysgol David Hughes in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, with the Cardiff event taking place a couple of days later.

I interviewed Jane Harries, the learning co-ordinator for Wales for Peace, shortly before the event commenced.

Jane Harries Learning Co-ordinator Wales for Peace

A project that particularly interested me was that undertaken by Ysgol Dyffryn Aman from Ammanford in Carmarthenshire.  Teacher Rachel Evans and pupils Catrin Brodrick (13) and Mason McKenzie (14) tell you about it.

Teacher Rachel Edwards with Catrin Brodrick and Mason McKenzie of Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

I left this event  greatly heartened by the energy and interest on display by young Welsh people and feel that the efforts of Wales for Peace, particularly with what is going on in the world today, should be supported and encouraged, as it spotlights Wales, (in what we should all be focused on), and that is a concerted effort in maintaining a peaceful existence on this planet.

My grateful thanks to all participants who assisted me in producing this report,  andin particular, to Jane Harries who under great pressure as organiser of the event, maintained a pacific attitude suitable for the place and occasion.

Wales for Peace website http://walesforpeace.org/wfp/hafan.html

Further information about the Dyffryn Ysgol Aman project.

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Roger Barrington

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