Dear Reader,

In January, the Lord Mayor presented certificates and prizes to the winners of the first Coventry Schools Peace Poem Competition. The prize included a copy of the book containing all the poems submitted. The joint winners were a class of seven-year-olds from Keresley Grange Academy and eleven-year-old student Harry Lovelock from President Kennedy School.

Preparations are well underway for the Schools War, Peace and Reconciliation Conference in March, organised by the United Nations Association Coventry Branch in association with the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation. It will be held at Warwick University. Students can register by following the link on the page below.

Thank you for your continued support of our work in sharing news and events related to peace and reconciliation with communities in Coventry.

Please do let us know of any peace-related news or activities happening in or near Coventry and we will be happy to add them to our website http://coventrycityofpeace.uk and include them in a future edition of this newsletter.

Philip Brown
Chair, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

Award Ceremony for Coventry Schools Peace Poems

In January the Head Teacher of Keresley Grange Academy Mrs. Penlington hosted an award ceremony before the whole school, parents and guests in which the Lord Mayor of Coventry presented awards to the joint winners of the Coventry Schools Peace Poem Competition 2018. Mrs Penlington took the guests on a tour of the school which is dedicated to improving the children's vocabulary and love of …

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Holocaust Memorial Ceremony 2019

David Fish, Secretary of the Lord Mayor's Peace Committee for Peace and Reconciliation writes: On 28 January, ten members of the Committee joined 200 other people in a temporary civic hall in Broadgate for Coventry’s Holocaust Memorial Day. We heard Coventry Lord Mayor, Afghan refugee Sroosh Kouhyar and Bosnian refugee Medina Softic all witness for peace. But perhaps the most moving testimony …

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Finham Park Restorative Justice Video

Students at Finham Park School have produced this video to show the effect that RJ has had upon the school. It's premier showing was at the Coventry RJ Conference in November 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqYJiUe3LfY

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How to Promote Peace in Your Daily Life

Here are some suggestions about how you can take simple actions in your daily life to help make your home, your community, your country and your world a more peaceful place. Please use the comments box to add your own suggestions. Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals by following the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World Say hello to …

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European Pledge to Peace

The Bruxelles Declaration "Pledge to Peace" is a declaration of Intent, established  at the European Parliament. Its signatories are institutions, organizations and companies who pledge to put in place projects and actions promoting a culture of peace. The Pledge to Peace is inspired by the universal ideals of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the …

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Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum

This forum coordinates the actions of over 50 civic and faith organisations in Oldham who have signed the European Pledge to Peace. Oldham has the highest number of signatories of any municipality in Europe. These include Oldham Council and Shaw and Crompton Parish Council, the only two local authorities to have signed the Pledge in the UK, and 26 Oldham …

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Video of Coventry Peace Lecture 2018

Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown delivered the 2018 Coventry Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture on 13 November 2018 in the beautiful St Mary’s Guildhall on the subject "Keeping Faith in Just Values in an Age of Populism". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mOysI_K-eU The event was introduced by Councillor John Blundell, The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of the City of Coventry and Chaired by Philip Brown, Chair …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events in Coventry

3 Day Accredited Restorative Practitioner Training for Schools

Peacemakers of Birmingham will organise this 3 day training course spread over 3 weeks. It is aimed at schools that are looking to train staff to facilitate restorative practices such as formal conferences, corridor and playground chats and class circles. The course is suitable for Senior and Middle Leaders, Pastoral Staff, SenCos, Family Workers and class teachers. Ideally, the person attending …

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1 day Introduction to Restorative Approaches in Schools

This one day course on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 is perfect for you if you are looking to learn about Restorative Approaches and put them into practice. Restorative - what does it even mean? Ever wondered what this thing ‘restorative’ is all about? Have people in your school started using the word ‘restorative’ and you feel like you need a bit …

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RISING Global Peace Forum 2019

RISING Global Peace Forum will be 13th and 14th November 2019. The theme for both the Symposia and the main Forum is ‘The Ecology of Peace’ and we’ll be exploring and celebrating the many different routes by which peace can be made and sustained: top-down, bottom-up, with/without a formal peace deal, peace between nations, individuals and with our environment and peace through …

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Junior Peacemakers Workshop: Climate Justice - Peace, Sustainability and Rights!

On the 8th and 11th February 2019 PeaceMakers are hosting another free workshop with the Peace Hub for 4 children and one adult . We will be thinking about climate change and the impact it has on people around the world. We will also explore how it connects to us and what it has to do with peace and security. The workshop …

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Coventry Schools War, Peace and Reconciliation Conference

The United Nations Association Coventry Branch invites sixth formers to its War, Peace and Reconciliation conference 10am-3pm on Tuesday 19 March at University of Warwick. In a series of workshops they will explore how the United Nations is involved in War, Peace and Reconciliation. Does the UN succeed or fail to prevent wars and restore peace? What does it do …

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For their generous support, the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation expresses our thanks to the Lord Mayor's Office and Coventry City Council. We also thank Coventry Cathedral, Coventry University and Warwick University for their support and assistance.