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Woking's children speak out on world peace

Date: 24 September 2014
Woking Children Lead on Peace Day Mercia walk was filled by Woking primary school children, where their work on peace was publicly recognised. To celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sunday, 21st September, children aged between 7 and 10 entered a special competition: they had to design a poster or write a poem or story on ‘What would the world be like the day after world peace’. Woking People of Faith and Surrey Faith Links organised the competition for the second year in succession and presented certificates and gift vouchers to the winners. The event was opened by Jamaican singer Brina, encouraging the children to think of themselves as different-coloured flowers of one garden – all the different shapes and colours simply adding to the garden’s beauty. The prizes were presented by Deputy Mayor of Woking, Councillor Derek McCrum, who spoke to the children about the experiences of his family during the troubles in his homeland of Ireland and how important it was for opposing people to really listen to each other, to help start the process of peace. Quotations were also read from all the world religions, that demonstrated the common thread of peace. Kauser Akhtar, Surrey Faith Links Advisor, said: "Islam is a religion of peace, killing one life is like killing all of humanity and saving one life is like saving all of humanity. This is what Islam teaches; it is so unfortunate that Islam is being projected so negatively because of certain extremist groups like ISIS." Prizes for the competition went to children from Barnsbury Primary, the Shah Jahan Mosque, St Dunstan’s RC Primary and Sythwood Primary. “The quality of the children’s work and ideas was excellent,” said Simon Trick, Vice Chair of Woking People of Faith. “It shows that the upcoming generation has a much clearer idea of what peace should be and how to achieve it, than many people in positions of power.”

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