Thursday, 13 September 2007

As I am sure you all know 21st September is the United Nations International Day of Peace...

British filmmaker, Jeremy Gilley, launched the film project, ‘Peace One Day’, in 1999 to document his efforts to create the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence.
Education Leeds, in partnership with Together for Peace and Grangevale Homes, have organised ‘Respect for all faiths’ event featuring Terry Waite as Keynote speaker on 21st September 2007.

Children and young people are our greatest hope for World Peace and we must inspire, encourage and motivate them to become ambassadors for Peace. The event brings together children and young people from Leeds schools, along with representatives from the Leeds Interfaith group. In the Leeds context and globally, respect for all faiths is key in bringing about greater understanding and to resolving conflict. It is a testimony of our strengths in Leeds that
We want all our children and young people to join in the programme for equality, peace and justice and to help us promote community cohesion. We have developed the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard to promote race equality, tolerance and respect in our schools and this summer we launched our new Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which provides an exciting and comprehensive framework to develop respect for all faiths.

The 21st September will be an exciting event with film clips from the ‘Peace One Day’ movie, and an opportunity to listen to Terry Waite talking about his experience of being a hostage in Lebanon and his determination to champion ‘Respect for all faiths’.

I hope to see many of you there.

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