Peace centre experience for Academy students
STUDENTS from The Manchester Creative and Media Academy took part in residential experience at The Peace Centre in Warrington.
The centre is part of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, a charity that works nationally and internationally for peace, set up in memory of both boys who tragically lost their lives in the Warrington bomb 25 years ago.
Students from the academy have been selected to be part of the flagship ‘THINK’ project which enables young people to further develop their leadership skills alongside their knowledge and understanding around values, beliefs and the management of conflict so that they can bring these skills into their everyday lives and for the benefit of their communities.
During the residential, students completed a range of activities to increase their leadership and communication skills and which also enabled them to become more aware of what conflict resolution is and its importance in society.
On the final day, students had the opportunity to visit the ‘River of Life’ memorial which was built in memory of all those affected by the Warrington Bomb. It was a particularly poignant visit as it is the 25th year anniversary this month.
Students from the academy are now working on a range of activities that they plan to deliver both within the school and across the wider community to raise awareness in others of the importance of listening, empathy and conflict management.
Student Elouise Johnson, who took part in the project, said: “Our academy teaches us a lot about the importance of communities, so it has been great to be a part of this project.
“I am excited to be able to share the important messages with others and to bring about positive change.’
Sandy Fiddler, assistant headteacher who is leading the project, added: “It is a pleasure to work alongside such motivated and creative young people who want to have a positive impact on their communities both now and in the future.”
A fountain at The Peace Centre in Warrington.