South Warwickshire schools invited to apply for a peace pole - The Leamington Observer

South Warwickshire schools invited to apply for a peace pole

Leamington Editorial 8th Nov, 2023   0

ROTARIANS are aiming for all schools across south Warwickshire to have a peace pole.

Local rotary clubs are offering schools in the area the chance to apply for a peace pole for an outdoor space.

Peace poles have been accepted by the United Nations as an international symbol of peace.The pole stands six foot tall once planted and is made from recycled materials. It conveys a very powerful message – “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. This can be translated into seven other languages depending on the nationality of the schools’ children.

At the moment there are four poles available, Poles have already been planted at Campion School, Sydenham and Radford Semele Primary Schools. And thanks to Warwick Rotary Club, six have been planted at Warwick schools.

Local rotarian Margaret Morley said: “Peace poles stand as a memorial to peace. It is the aim of rotary to provide all schools with a peace pole as it also serves many other purposes. Poles can become the focal point of an outside area within the school to create an area of tranquility/reflection or somewhere young people can just go and relax.

“Many schools have created peace gardens around their pole which can promote so many environmental projects, encourage gardening skills, and inspire creativity.”

Margaret added: “All we ask of schools is to give us a report on how they would see a pole being of benefit to their school and how it would play a part in their peace education programme and enhance the mental well being of young people.”

Email Margaret at [email protected] for more information.

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