National Schools Peace Project
Peace and the End of the War
It was 1919. The war had finally ended. Our wounded soldiers were returning home shadows of their former selves with their families and communities still raw from indescribable grief and loss for those who didn’t make it. It was amid all this that the women and children of Australia still found strength to commemorate service and sacrifice and to celebrate peace in uplifting ways. From fundraising flower days and fairs to dances and peace parties, from church services and concerts to huge Peace Marches across the nation, Australians found ways to celebrate a return to peace as “the boys” (and girls) came home.
Peace and The Centenary of Anzac
One hundred years on, the Peace Project was launched on Bondi Beach 11 November, 2017, recreating a WW1 photo of a fundraiser by NSW school children on “Australia Day” in July 1915 (photo below). Since then, Peace Projects have been held across Australia and also in Rouen, France.
The Peace Project has four simple elements -
The National Schools Peace Project
As we leave the Centenary of Anzac years behind us, we need to find ways to rethink remembrance for this generation of “online” young people and to find ways to deeply engage them in the act of remembrance. Standing together in unity and singing to remember (combined with the multimedia and social media elements) is a powerful way for them to recognised and honour our veterans and their families and the sacrifices that have and continue to be made for our peace and freedom.
The National Schools Peace Project seeks to carry on the Peace Project concept at a local school level in conjunction with the Australian War Memorial’s “Places of Pride” project.
The National Peace Project was held at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) on 19 July this year (and subsequent video of the event) will become a key education resource for schools holding a Peace Project at their school. The video will provide schools with important footage of the War Memorial Event which will tie in with the relevant resources on the AWM’s website .
The vision over the next 5 years is that schools across Australia will add the Peace Project to their commemorative calendar each year as part of the Remembrance Day and to use the Peace Project resources regularly in their classrooms.
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