21st Jan, 2022

More than 70 children from city's schools join in with annual Coventry Peaceful Schools’ Conference

MORE than 70 children from across the city joined together for the first ever Annual Coventry Peaceful Schools’ Conference

It took place last Friday at the ‘Chapter House Auditorium’ at Coventry Cathedral and featured presentations about peace and reconciliation and promoting a more peaceful learning environment for schools.

The morning began with a recorded interview with Ms Keiko who was eight years old when she survived the first atomic bomb which destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

It was recorded in the Hiroshima Peace Museum and concluded with Ms Keiko urging attendees to ‘listen and share with friends’.

“Let all the souls here rest in peace – for we shall not repeat the evil.”

The morning’s programme included Adam Hedge – known as rapper ‘Shadow CV’ – who told the story of making the compelling Cardinal Newman Catholic School’s video ‘Prayer for Peace’ which is available to view on YouTube.

Primary and secondary Coventry schools were represented – many who had received a Coventry Peace Award.

Each prepared a World cafe style presentation of written and picture material of their own individual peace projects.

Several local organisations which offered support to schools to promote this powerful message of peace also had information stalls.

Paul Maddocks, chair of Coventry’s Peace Committee, said “Pupils had a very positive experience and felt energised – they were actively promoting peace in their schools’ communities”

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee has been promoting peace and reconciliation for over 40 years and organises a wide variety of activities – including not only the Hiroshima Commemoration but also the Lord Mayor’s Peace Lecture.

Last year’s was the eminent scientist Sir David King who has unique insight into climate change and its possible implications for peace.

The committee also organises the Coventry Peace Award, Coventry and Warwickshire Schools Peace Poem, Coventry Peace Song, Coventry Peace and Justice Forum and publishes books and booklets including the Coventry City Centre Peace Trail.

Visit CoventryCityOfPeace.uk for more on Coventry’s projects and educational resources to promote peace and reconciliation.

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