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Award Winners 2008

Report from Panel of Judges

This is the third annual Peace Mala International Awards for Youth and the number and standard of entries has grown each year. This is a wonderful sign of the way the Peace Mala concept is maturing and reaching evermore committed and imaginative children and their outstanding teachers.


There was an abundance of entries this year, and it was a truly pleasing challenge for the judges to make their choice of winners. Every school or group which has entered is already a success, because today's children are being well prepared to be tomorrow's citizens, with attitudes of caring for the human family, animals and the environment on spaceship Earth.

Pam Evans, Founder of the Peace Mala, and her team, made an increased number of visits to schools and youth groups and introduced Peace Mala through Assemblies and Workshops. There was always an enthusiastic reception, as the truth and aspiration of Peace Mala is instantly recognised by young people, with its message of non-discrimination, non-bullying, and positive harmonious celebration of diversity.

Several very positive schools (Hafod Primary School, Swansea, Clase Primary, Swansea and Pont-yr-Gof, near Pontypridd) had exciting projects under way, but ran out of time, and intend to re-enter next year. In particular, the work done at Hafod Primary School in Swansea, led by inspirational Head Teacher Rachael Webb, has been impressive and integrates the UN rights of the child, and the Salamanca statement on inclusion with a committed adoption of the Peace Mala project. The school has already received the Golden award. A start has been made by parents and children on the design and construction of a global faith garden, as well as achieving many colourful and enthusiastic expressions of diversity throughout the school. Hafod Primary School would be in a strong position to receive the Peace Mala award on re-entry next year, and we are happy to give a Highly Commended Certificate this year.

Rhyd-y-Gors Primary Support Service Carmarthenshire, for children with behavioural difficulties, entered a splendidly colourful display with hands of the world's children and flowers in three dimensions. It was particularly moving to see how these children who have already experienced difficulty in their lives could reach out and empathise with all other children. This entry received a Highly Commended Certificate.

Brynamman Primary School, whose highly poetic Welsh medium dance, song and percussion interpretation of the unity of life splintering into faction and disharmony then being healed into unity again, was extraordinary. Hopefully, these gifted children will perform their work for us at this year's awards ceremony in the WCIA Temple of Peace in Cardiff in September. Their entry is Highly Commended.

Woodheys Primary School in Sale, Cheshire, has already received the Ashden Award for energy conservation which was presented by Al Gore. Their Peace Mala entry recording the whole school project led by Head Teacher Laura Daniels is breathtaking.

The school has adopted St Francis as the Patron Saint of the Environment, and there are solar panels which produce electricity, while the children monitor how much energy is used and saved. There is a green plant Labyrinth, which leads to a Prayer Tree, and the project culminated in a Rainbow Day celebration of Diversity.

The ethic of Peace Mala is lived entirely throughout the school, which is a shining example of joyful living without harm. We are delighted to give this exemplary school The Junior Peace Mala Award.

winners of Junior Award
The labyrinth at Woodheys Primary School, Sale - winners of the Junior Award

Crynallt Primary School in Cimla, Neath, for sheer exuberance of involvement was also an outstanding entry. This was a whole school activity, led by gifted Teacher Susan Spacey, and shows powerfully how the idea of Peace Mala can generate enthusiasm and activity on an extensive scale, starting from scratch and reaching everyone. The children's individual entries and observations reflected the whole range of ability and age, in colourful and creative display. It was clear that tremendous excitement had been generated throughout the school. We were particularly impressed with the Peace Mala Chair and are glad to give Crynallt School the second Junior Peace Mala Award.

winners of the second junior award
winners of the second juniors award
the peace mala chair

The Peace Mala Chair (above) and pictures of the winning team from Crynallt Primary School (left)


Rhyd-y-Gors Secondary Support Service Carmarthenshire put in an eye-catching group entry, showing a mature understanding of the concept of fellowship, and interpreting the word 'Mala' in its original Sanscrit sense of flower garland, worn around the wrists of the youth of the world. We are happy to give a Highly Commended Certificate to this entry.

Coleg Sir Gar, Pwll Campus, made a distinguished entry from their A level Art students. Pam Evans had made a presentation to the older students, which had a huge impact. Several had experienced bullying earlier in school.

Emily Jones made a bold, imaginative, black and white and rainbow visual statement, whose import was that we should not see the world in sharp black and white but in subtle shades of grey. Laura Jones took inspiration from the actual Peace Mala bracelet, and made a most accomplished design embodying interlocking circles of inclusion, and the large vision of stars and light at a cosmic level. Dannie Clifton presented an intriguing and multi-layered image of the earth as seen from space, supported by a 'white' and a 'black' hand. The viewer is invited to decipher scattered text, the effort required to do so embodying the effort needed to confront the 'insecurities within' without which the growth of the individual cannot proceed. As a personal and universal journey of exploration this was outstanding. We are pleased to give these students the Peace Mala Senior Award.

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Winners of the Senior Award from Coleg Sir Gar, Pwll Campus

Finally, 37 students and their staff from St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School, Llanelli went on a Peace Mala Pilgrimage for World Peace at Easter to Rome, Florence and Assisi. They took with them a glorious hand painted banner, a specially compiled Peace Mala anthology of Prayers for Peace from world traditions represented on the Peace Mala bracelet, plus votive candles and holders all specially designed by the students. At each of the many sacred sites which they visited, the students lit a candle which would burn for 7 hours, after reciting three of the prayers from the anthology. By fortunate coincidence, they met a pilgrim who was going to Jerusalem, and who took one of their Peace Mala votive candles to the tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At Assisi they celebrated the start of the Interfaith Movement in 1987 by Pope John Paul II, together with other world spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama. The preparations and the pilgrimage itself are recorded with excellent photography on a CD power-point presentation which will be shown at this year's awards ceremony. This outstanding achievement, which was also a whole journey of discovery for the students, receives the second Peace Mala Senior Award.

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Winners of the second Senior Award from St John Lloyd Cathlic Comprehensive School, Llanelli

"The brief descriptions given here will, we hope, give some of the flavour of the diverse, deep and lively accomplishments that we are here to celebrate, as we go forward to create a future where there will be no prejudice, only friendship and understanding".

Ros Moule
Chief Judge on Panel of Judges


Corus Steel Llanelli
South Wales Police (H Division Swansea)
Mo Green
Gloucester & the Forest Society of Saint Francis
Ruth Davies (The Heyokah Centre)
Cheryl Sullivan, Martin Harvey, Norma Glass, Shereen Williams, Ros Moule, Pam El Hosaini and Elaine A Thomas.
Jennifer Treasure (International Tae Kwon Do Instructor 5th Degree)

Peace Mala is extremely grateful to all those who have sponsored and supported the 2008 Youth Awards.

For details of the winners of the Peace Mala Youth Awards in 2007 click here

For details of the winners of the Peace Mala Youth Awards in 2006 click here

peace mala awards for youth

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 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 29th May, 2009.
  • The Award Ceremony will take place in the early autumn at the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Temple of Peace in Cardiff, Wales, UK.
  • You can download the Peace Mala Awards for Youth competition Entry Form HERE. This is in PDF format which can be printed out via the Adobe Reader software which, if you do not have it on your system already, is available HERE.

    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:

  • Interdependence
  • Citizenship and stewardship
  • Needs and rights
  • Diversity
  • Sustainable change
  • Quality of life
  • Values and perceptions
  • Conflict resolution
  • bonnie tyler and pam evans at launch of peace mala youth awards
    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

    UNA Wales Temple of Peace

    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.

    UNS Wales Temple of Peace

    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.

    UNS Wales Temple of Peace  UNS Wales Temple of Peace 'transformed' for Doctor Who
    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."

    Pam Evans

    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.

    Tuesday November 8, 2005

    solid silver bespoke peace mala
    The Bespoke Peace Mala
    in solid sterling silver

    bonnie tyler with the bespoke peace mala
    picture Ken Dickinson

    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.
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