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Here’s another opportunity to take a look at some more wonderful Peace Day 2015 stories from organisations across the world. We hope that you will take inspiration from their amazing work and start planning some activities for Peace Day this year! This month we are featuring Interfaith Peace Platform, Musicians without Borders, Jeuness’Espoir amongst others, so please take a look…
Interfaith Peace Platform, Central African Republic (CAR)
The first ever national Peace Week in the Central African Republic (CAR) culminated on Peace Day 2015. Attended by the Interim President H.E Catherine Samba-Panza, it was coordinated by the Interfaith Peace Platform (Sergio Vieira de Mello award 2015 winner), with technical support provided by Conciliation Resources. Focusing on themes of peace and social cohesion, reconciliation and the application of the rule of law, the CAR national Peace Week was a rare opportunity to bring together a wide range of people from all over the country, including local authorities, traditional leaders, internally displaced persons and representatives of the Interfaith Peace Platform who live in the 15 prefectures outside the capital Bangui.
Image credit: Whitney Wilding - Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Musicians without Borders (MwB), Rwanda
MwB marked Peace Day in Rwanda with wonderful musical activities, including launching a new training program in MwB Community Music Leadership at Mahama refugee camp (the camp newly set up for refugees from Burundi), a song composed by MwB Community Music Leaders (please listen here) and music workshops in Gisenyi as part of a Peace Day event organised by the Ubumwe Community Centre alongside other musicians, dancers and acrobats.
St. George School – Sydney, Australia
St. George School provides education for students with physical disabilities and for Peace Day they organised a wonderful activity in which the teachers assisted their students to kick a ‘Goal for Peace’. They all received a Peace Medal to take home at the end of the day!
Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK-RfP), Kenya
Two years on from the Westgate shopping mall attack, the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK-RfP) facilitated an historic visit of church leaders to Kenya’s largest mosque for the first time in the country’s history, in a bid strengthen relations between the two religious groups that have been harmed by terrorist attacks. They also organised other groundbreaking peacebuilding activities including an interfaith football match between imams and pastors.
Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), Philippines
In Tawi Tawi, 270 kids and 40 marines and civilian coaches participated in a two day event combining the PMC’s program ‘Football for Peace’ with the One Day One Goal initiative. The event included a day long coaching clinic on the basics of football from one of the teams in the Philippines National League (UFL), Loyola Mercalo Sparks, and culminated in a day packed with over 60 matches played in front of large crowds uniting the community of Tawi Tawi.
The PMC also organised a One Day One Goal tournament for Peace Day in Manila where 550 children took part in over 125 matches watched by thousands of spectators.
Rudi International, DRC
The fabulous ‘Encourage Mothers’ program run by Rudi International ensures the empowerment of mothers on a daily basis, and on Peace Day they united over 50 mothers (some internally displaced) in Mugunga, North Kivu. The mothers were engaged in a critical discussion about domestic and sexual violence within their homes. The holistic approach taken by Rudi International provided the mothers a safe environment in which to address the effects experienced following such violence.
Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) & Cynthia Harvey, Hong Kong
Guest teacher Ms Cynthia Harvey taught a ballet class with six HKB dancers at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Peace Day. 20 external dance students took part side-by-side with HKB dancers in this incredible and beautiful event to promote peace through dance.
Prior to Peace Day, two Character Education & Culture of Peace Forums were organised by Jeuness’Espoir in Kinshasa and Kenge involving approximately 300 schools where Peace One Day education posters were distributed.
On Peace Day a new initiative called ‘School of Character’ was launched in three schools, One Day One Goal matches was organised, eliminating domestic violence awareness events with Elikya Jeunesse took place, peace balloons were released in different schools and orphans received education kits. They also collaborated with UNICEF and the National Education Cluster for an event that brought together over 300 people and marked the day.
The College of Policing, United Kingdom
The College of Policing have been very supportive of the Peace Day campaign and have encouraged forces across England and Wales to sign-up to the Domestic Abuse coalition. This year, they successfully launched the Authorised Professional Practice (APP) on domestic abuse, which gives professionals and first responders the tools to manage domestic abuse situations.
Uganda Scouts Association – Kasese District, Uganda
Scouts in Kasese District organised a day full of different activities including a school debate, a peace talk, a peace march, dance and sports. Community leaders were also involved in a clean-up activity around Kasese and young girls prepared dances and theatre for the community. In total they reached more than 11,000 students and young people with the message of peace.