"The voices of intolerance are all around us - the voice of
tolerance needs to be louder"
PEACE MALA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR YOUTH 2007
Award Winners 2007
THE SENIOR FINALISTS
The adjudicators were delighted with the entry from Salem Lutheran Church of Jacobus Youth Group of Pennsylvania, USA. Making the Peace Mala bracelets was the theme of the Youth Group's 6-12 Grade Winter Retreat. The students learned about world religions, and discovered also that they could talk to their friends about their faith in an intellectually open way, and the Golden Rule of 'Do to others what you would wish to be done to you.' This was an adventurous project, and the adjudicators are glad to encourage the work of this youth group with a Highly Commended Certificate.
Another strong candidate was Teesdale School, County Durham. An Interfaith Day was organized, as well as many Peace Mala bracelets being assembled. Sixth formers gave lessons on Peace Mala to younger members of the school, a really inspired idea in communicating youth-to-youth. The teacher experienced ill health, and her substitute, though sympathetic, was not able to bring the project to completion. However, for the warm interest and lively actions shown thus far, we have pleasure in awarding a Highly Commended Certificate.
The outstanding entry for the Senior Award came from St Michael's School, Llanelli, in South Wales. The teacher concerned was not an RE specialist, but showed an open-minded commitment to global citizenship and inter-faith perspectives. She generously praised the students, who were dynamic in their response and did most of the work in creating and displaying a wonderfully colourful exhibition of words and pictures. Volunteers from years 2 and 5 helped to organize a lunchtime event in which all members of the school were invited to draw round their hands and write inside a message of peace or belief. This work was strongly encouraged by the Head of School, and is a heartening example of staff and students showing exemplary and enlightened attitudes, in a 'bottom up' approach. We are very pleased to give the Senior Youth Award to this school.
Team leaders of Senior Award winning team - St Michael's School Llanelli.
L to r: Shamain (Muslim), Aleena (Muslim) and Jessica (Christian)
Congratulations to St Michael's Llanelli Wales for winning this year's Senior Award.
Congratulations also to Salem Youth Group in Pennsylvania USA and to Teesdale School County Durham in England UK for gaining Highly Commended Certificates.
Well done everyone!
THE JUNIOR AWARD
In the Junior Award section, there were many interesting projects, but not all of them reached completion, perhaps owing to the great demands on teachers to meet their many targets. Even though not all were completed, a great deal of valuable learning has taken place, and nothing is wasted: more seeds of inspiration have been sown.
In the assembly hall of the winning school in the Junior section, there is a banner suggesting: 'No-one can do everything, but everyone can do something.' This realistic and encouraging approach pervades Trallwn Primary School Swansea South Wales UK. The actual project from year 3-4 was in two parts: firstly, a wall sized mobile, made entirely from recycled materials, with letters composing words such as 'helping, caring, sharing, creating, and solving'. Each facet can be read on both sides: looked at from both sides, a healthy approach to our fellow beings. The words form a rainbow of colour. How immensely exciting, to find this inclusive, friendly ethos clearly embodied in everything the children did.
It is also a tribute to the whole school, that the project was completed in two weeks. Everything was already in place: caring attitudes towards each other, to strangers, to the planet, inspiringly symbolised by a baby doll wrapped in a blanket printed with the earth's map, its head sheltered from the rays of the sun by a bubble wrap ozone layer. In the second part of the project, each class member had a Peace Mala Dove in outline, and wrote a peace message within, relating to one of the words in the mobile. These were then presented by the teacher in a folder and arranged in themes. The entire Peace Mala project has been included in the scheme of work for Global Citizenship for that form.
The school recently received the highest grade in a recent Estyn Inspection for its care, guidance and support of learners, a third of whom are Travellers, and the school is by no means in a privileged area. Yet it has genius for affirmative action. On Friday afternoons there is a Golden Time: a reward for all the good children who have been friendly, helpful, sensible, and who have worked well in the week. In this class, this year, only one child did not make it to Golden Time and that on only one occasion. This is an outstanding tribute to the power of positive reinforcement, and the school as well as this wonderful class and its teacher, is playing a major role in preparing the citizens of tomorrow for a world with hope in its heart.
Winners of the Junior Award - Trallwn School, Swansea
Winning class at Trallwn School with their teacher, Sian Hopkins (front), judges Ros Moule (to the right) and Pam El Hosaini (on left), and Pam Evans (at back)
Well done, Trallwn School!
CEMVO (Wales) www.cemvo.org.uk
South Wales Police (H Division Swansea)
Gordon Down & Company www.gordon-down.co.uk
Amman Valley Complimentary Clinic
Birchgrove Inn Swansea
Mo Green www.moregreen.org.uk
Peace Mala is extremely grateful to all those who have sponsored and supported the 2007 Youth Awards.
For details of the winners of the Peace Mala Youth Awards in 2006 click here
The awards are open to all schools, colleges, youth clubs and faith groups who are using Peace Mala to educate their youngsters. The purpose of the awards is to encourage youngsters to explore the objectives of Peace Mala and become aware of and involved with issues of peace, justice, tolerance and friendship.
We will be looking for Your Peace Mala Story. Tell us what impact you feel Peace Mala has had on the life of your school, college or youth group. Let us know what Peace Mala has inspired your young people to say and do. This may be presented through literature, art, music, dance, drama, ICT, media and photography.
Peace Mala can be used within RE, PSE, Humanities, English, Drama, Media Studies, Music, Dance, Art, Global Citizenship and Environmental Responsibilities.
Get involved - There are cash prizes and certificates for groups who receive the Awards!
Peace Mala is happy to visit local schools or youth groups to give presentations and workshops on the Peace Mala project. Please contact our registered office if you would like us to visit you.
Telephone 01792 774225 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Registered Charity No 1118053
Rules and guidelines for entering the Peace Mala Awards
Your Peace Mala Story must be used in conjunction with the principles of Peace Mala.
Any school, college, youth club, faith group or other centre of learning currently using Peace Mala to educate is entitled to send us their story.
There will be two awards: Junior (5-11) and Senior (12-18).
All entries must be sent to the Peace Mala Registered Office and received by Friday 30th May, 2008.
The Award Ceremony will take place in the early autumn at the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Temple of Peace in Cardiff, Wales, UK.
If you intend entering the Peace Mala Awards for Youth competition and need advice or help with your project, please send us an e-mail or telephone us on 01792 774225. We'd like to keep a check on interest levels. We are also here to help you with any queries regarding the competition. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Welsh Assembly Government Key concepts covered by the Peace Mala project are as follows:
Citizenship and stewardship
Needs and rights
Quality of life
Values and perceptions
Bonnie Tyler and Pam Evans at the launch of the
Bespoke Peace Mala and Awards for Youth - picture Robert Meleen
with kind permission of the editor of the South Wales Evening Post
The Peace Mala was launched at the UNA Wales Temple of Peace in Cardiff, on Wednesday, November 27th 2002.
This was possible thanks to the kind permission of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.
Once again the WCIA have been generous in their support of the Peace Mala and have granted us use of this wonderful building for the awards.
Peace Mala was launched in this beautiful building on Wednesday 27th November 2002 with The Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and representatives of fourteen spiritual paths.
Doctor Who fans will be aware that this wonderful building was the setting for Doctor Who: The End of the World. The Temple of Peace became a huge reception chamber for aliens from across the galaxy to watch the end of the Earth.
Temple of Peace 'transformed' for Doctor Who
Message from the Founder of Peace Mala
"It is important for young people to learn that the diversity of the human race should be celebrated and not feared. Making and wearing the Peace Mala will give youngsters an opportunity to take part in this wonderful project for world peace. It will also introduce young people to our plural community of diverse cultures and faiths. Young people can learn that communities filled with colour and difference, make life more interesting and exciting.
We hope that the Peace Mala will stimulate interest and encourage youngsters, and adults, to find out more about the faiths and spiritual paths represented on it.
We hope that teachers and leaders of faith communities will join in this initiative and help spread the message of love, respect and peace through places of worship, Youth clubs, schools, colleges and other centres of learning."
Main aims of Peace Mala
Education for global citizenship through the promotion of understanding, respect, friendship, tolerance and peace between all communities, cultures and enlightened, compassionate faiths.
Peace Mala supports human rights, confronts bullying and all forms of prejudice.
Peace Mala raises awareness of issues of global interdependence and encourages active compassion by learners that will effect positive changes locally and globally.
LAUNCH OF THE BESPOKE PEACE MALA AND AWARDS FOR YOUTH
Tuesday November 8, 2005
The Bespoke Peace Mala
in solid sterling silver
picture Ken Dickinson www.kenswebsite.co.uk
The Bespoke Peace Mala and Awards for Youth were both launched by the international rock singer, Bonnie Tyler, on Tuesday 8th November at Peace Mala H.Q. in Swansea, Wales, UK. It is our intention that money generated from the sale of Bespoke Peace Malas will be put into the Peace Mala Awards for Youth.