Pamela Christine Evans is an honours graduate of the University of Wales and an experienced teacher of World Faiths. She is the author of several children’s stories, published articles, educational resources, and books on esoteric spirituality and the Celtic saints. She is also an accomplished singer of jazz, blues, folk, Latin American, pop and rock.
Pam is committed to inter-faith dialogue for peace which she sees as a vital process in the current world climate of fear, misunderstanding and terrorism. Her vision of Peace Mala was certainly born out of the 9/11 disaster but was also influenced by personal experience and witnessing of intolerance, prejudice and bullying.
In 2006, she received the Noble Soul Award from the Racial Attacks & Harassment Monitoring Association in recognition of her outstanding contribution to challenging Islamaphobia in Welsh schools. In 2010, she received the Recognising Achievement for Services to Wales for promoting tolerance from the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM. In 2019 Pam was shortlisted for the prestigious Annemarie Schimmel Award by the Muslim News Awards for Excellence. In 2019 she received the MBE for services to Peace and Interfaith Understanding from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.
When 9/11 happened, the world changed forever. The terrible events of September 11th, 2001 brought with it an aftermath of fear and confusion. The rise in Islamaphobia in the world was to be expected, as a response to the attack. What was more shocking was the rise in fundamentalism, racism and prejudice that we are still faced with today. At the time of this terrifying event Pam Evans was working as Head of the Department of Religious Studies in Coedcae School, Llanelli, Wales, UK. The school is a co-educational comprehensive school with around 1,000 pupils aged 11-16. It wasn’t long before the minority of Muslim and Asian pupils in her school started to suffer bullying. Pam realised that something educational needed to be done to empower the students being bullied and to educate everyone about human rights and dignity for all.
The vision and concept of Peace Mala was her response to the bullying. She thought of something simple but effective that would engage the minds of young people; a symbolic double rainbow bracelet, loaded with messages, that would be fun to make and wear. The Peace Mala bracelet comprises fourteen coloured beads with a central clear bead strung between symbolic knots. The central bead represents the wearer and the whole cosmos, emphasising the interconnectedness of everyone and everything. The final single bead is used as a toggle to bring the bracelet around the wearer’s wrist. This represents unity, harmony and peace. Running through the Peace Mala is a simple thread which holds all the rainbow beads together. This may be called the Golden Thread of Spirituality which connects us all through the love in our hearts: acknowledging the Golden Rule and our spiritual unity opens up the pathway to peace.
Peace Mala’s intention is to cut through all forms of prejudice, to confront bullying, to support human rights and to celebrate what makes us different from each other.
Peace Mala focuses on the Golden Rule. Its intention is to educate and remind everyone that this rule is recognised by many scholars, teachers and philosophers. It is also universal to all compassionate faiths. Simply stated, it is: “Treat others as you would wish them to treat you.”
The word ‘mala’ is Sanskrit and means ‘garland of flowers’. In the East a mala is a string of beads used in meditation or prayer as each bead or ‘flower’ focuses on a prayer or mantra. The rainbow beads on this mala of peace focus on the golden rule. They also represent the human family in all its glorious diversity and Divine potential.
Peace Mala promotes friendship, respect and peace between people of all cultures, lifestyles, faiths, beliefs and none. It is a vision for the future. Wearing the Peace Mala is a promise to help create a better world.
The Peace Mala project is a non-political, non-religious charitable organisation. It does not support any political party, movement or belief system over any other. Peace Mala’s aim is to contribute to education for global citizenship by inviting all people to treat each other with respect regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, sexuality, size, age or ability. Peace Mala’s compassionate wish is for people, animals and the environment to be at peace.
Since the launch of Peace Mala at the UNA Wales Temple of Peace in Cardiff in 2002, much has been achieved. Many schools, youth groups and faith communities across the UK and beyond have welcomed it as a positive move towards mutual respect and harmony within communities. It also provides a complete, effective and innovative answer to all the requirements of the Government’s ESDGC directive (Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship).
Many schools across the UK are now engaging with the project to achieve Peace Mala Accreditation at bronze, silver, gold and platinum level. South Wales Police Youth Volunteers are presently working for accreditation. In March 2020 Sunrise Academy in Orange City Florida was the first school in the USA to be Peace Mala Accredited. The Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea wrote a letter of congratulations to staff and pupils and also gifted the Civic Plate as a token of friendship.
Upper School Principal Levi Connolly remarked, “Peace Mala provides schools with a foundation to instill values of compassion. Peace Mala is truly a force for good in our world, and it is much needed in our schools – whether it be in the U.S, or overseas. Every child can benefit from learning about active compassion, understanding, respect, peace and friendship. If we are to build a better world, the message of peace must sound the strongest among our children, because they truly are our future.”
To find out more about Peace Mala and Pam’s work explore the website: Peace Mala
“Creative, Compassionate Education that Empowers and Embraces All. Uniting the World in Peace”. Endorsed by His Holiness Pope Francis, His Holiness The Dalai Lama of Tibet, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and the Archbishop of Wales