The Bigger Picture Festival 11th-15th March 2019
This is the second year that Peace Mala has been invited to take part in Swansea University’s celebration of faith and culture in our community.
Over two days, we met 169 young people from the following schools: Penyrheol Primary, Gorseinon; The Grange Primary, Gower; Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive, Swansea; Pontarddulais Primary School; Plasmarl Primary, Swansea; Catwg Primary, Neath; and St Joseph’s Cathedral School, Swansea.
These young people were a joy to be with, as they engaged in Peace Mala workshops, involving making the symbolic double rainbow bracelet; learning the messages of all the beads, knots, and thread.
Intelligent and thoughtful questions were asked about intolerance, racism, bullying, Islamophobia, and Antisemitism. All agreed that the message of the Golden Rule, “Treat others as you would wish them to treat you”, would solve the world’s problems if people could try and live by it. The present rise in extremism is certainly worrying, but the attitudes of the young people we met hold out hope for the future. Many also agreed that more girls and women should have opportunities to lead in the future, and that boys and men have an important job to protect and support them in this important work.