Successful Schools Conference 2015 Remembering For Peace

The Wales for Peace project held its successful ‘Remembering for Peace’ schools conference on Friday 6th of November 2015 in Coleg Cambria, Wrexham. Pupils from Ysgol David Hughes (pictured), Ysgol Clywedog, Ysgol Eirias, Coleg Llandrillo and Ysgol Maes Garmon presented their First World War history research and contributed in various workshops.

Craig Owen, Head of Wales for Peace, responded to the pupils’ presentations on the First World War saying: “They were amazing. What strikes me is that, to many, 100 years ago seems far back in history, yet these young people realise and are keen to make others realise that the history of the First World War is relevant today. These students can see some of the very same issues unfolding today and they’re open to learn from history.”
Listening to the students was the Deputy Presiding Officer, David Melding AM, who also spoke at length to them about Wales’ experiences in war, from the two world wars to the Falklands War as well as peacekeeping in the former Yugoslavia. He said
“It was fascinating to hear the views of the pupils about conflict and peace and what it means to them. The National Assembly is committed to appropriately commemorating the First World War with an extensive programme of events over the course of the four year commemorative period.”
Closing his speech, the David Melding AM referenced to the former detective from Wales Howard Tucker who made a significant contribution to peace in Bosnia by bringing war criminals to justice. The Minister inspired the students saying: “You don’t know what options you will have to do something really valuable for peace, and it may be from many professions.”
Through the Welsh Government’s ‘Wales Remembers’ initiative, schools are able to apply for a grant to develop their history research into the First World War, see http://www.walesremembers.org/projects/

Wales for Peace is a four-year project, managed by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by 10 organisational partners including the National Library for Wales Aberystwyth and Cardiff Universities, the Urdd and Cymdeithas y Cymod. Wales for Peace is a heritage project working with communities across Wales to explore the question: In the 100 years since the First World War, how has Wales contributed to the search for peace? The project is forward-looking in stimulating debate around issues of peace for the benefit of future generations. Further information can be found on www.walesforpeace.org .

Notes to Editors:
For Wales for Peace media liaison contact 01248 672104 or interviews can be conducted with Craig Owen on 07876638846.

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