Reflections on Peace
“Awareness of Peace Day creates action and that action saves lives”
Jude Law, Peace One Day Ambassador
21st September was Peace Day and for Hilden Grange it represented the culmination of a week of activities centred around the concept of active peace. A moving assembly from Empathy Action at the start of the week introduced the idea that peace can inspire action and told the story of a group of women in Lahore, Pakistan, who had set about creating hand-stitched ‘peace doves’ from the remnants of survival blankets. Beautifully stitched, the doves are designed to be bought as gifts, to give the recipient a moment to pause, feel a connection with the people that created them and reflect on peace . During the week pupils had conversations about peace during tutor time, wrote messages to share with the women in Pakistan and the wider world (including pleas to global companies) and reflected on the actions they could take in their own lives to bring about peace. The peace doves were sold at breaktime to raise money for Empathy Action and other peace initiatives.
At a special assembly celebrating Peace Day, Ben from Empathy Action returned to collect the messages of peace which will be sent to the women of Pakistan. The active peace ideas were displayed and shared, and will be kept in the classrooms as a reminder of the pledges made by the children to live their lives in a more peaceful way.