Headteacher Linda Crockett with pupils Rhodri Blakeway, Bethan Lewis, Gabrielle Wilson, Aaran Lloyd and Tasmin Harris-Austin
Rhayader Church in Wales Primary School is the first school in
Powys to receive the Peace Mala Award for looking at different religions and the promotion of tolerance and understanding of others and their beliefs.
The Radnorshire primary was presented with the colourful Peace Mala flag and certificate of accreditation by Pam Evans, the founder of the global initiative dedicated to fostering inter-cultural and inter-faith tolerance.
It has taken the school 12 months to work for the award.
Headteacher Linda Crockett said, "To gain the accreditation we have had to complete seven areas of action including human rights, celebrating diversity, conflict resolution and peace education. These areas fit into the school's value system and are in line with the objectives and vision of Peace Mala.
We have re-written our school's RE scheme around 12 values that link with Peace Mala. The inspirational work produced by the children as a result of this has been praised by visitors to the school including Bishop John Davies of Swansea and Brecon, the High Sheriff of Powys Lt.Col Mike Lewis, Kirsty Williams AM and education advisors from ERW.
Peace Mala cuts through every type of prejudice and celebrates what makes people different from each other. It is a vision of the future and those who wear the Peace Mala bracelet are making a promise to help create a better world. The project provides creative education that empowers and embraces all, uniting the world in peace.
We are delighted to be the first school in Powys to achieve this important award."
Bishop John and Pam Evans, along with the Peace Mala Symbolic Interfaith Dove of Peace and some of the pupils in their Peace Mala Garden