Schools make Derry 'peace pathway'

Published Thursday, 05 December 2013
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A new Pathway for Peace has been created next to Londonderry's Guildhall.

It features peace pledges from young people in 70 local schools and is aimed at fostering respect right across the community.

Each pledge has been written with a maximum of 25 words and made into tiles used to create a symbolic pathway for peace.

It is the brainchild of Dr David Latimer, Minister of First Derry Presbyterian Church.

He explained: "This will be a permanent message from our children and young people that will inspire local residents and visitors alike to keep their heads pointing to the sun and their feet moving forward.

"Peace pledges - 25 words, the kind of things our youngsters think we all need to hear, so that we live much better together."

Seventy schools across Derry and Donegal are taking part in this project.

Education Minister John O'Dowd hopes schools elsewhere can follow their lead.

He said: "Sometimes us grey haired people have to step back and allow the young people to give the leadership. I think if we allow them to give leadership we'll have a better society."

The students' pledges for peace haven't just been used to create the pathway - each school's submission will also be assembled into a booklet by the Western Education and Library Board as a learning tool and, the organisers hope, an inspiration for other young people.

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