Press Release: Young People Celebrated for their Contribution to Peace

At midday on 7th July young people from all over Wales will be celebrated for their positive contributions to peace and global citizenship. 

The seventh Wales Young Peacemakers Awards ceremony, jointly organised by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA) and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will take place both on the Eisteddfod field and online.  Winners will receive prizes for artwork, creative writing and film and also for their positive work as local and global citizens.  It’s clear from this year’s entries that children and young people in Wales feel passionately about the horrors of war, about taking action on the climate emergency and the importance of gender and racial equality.  It’s also clear that – despite the pandemic, the climate emergency and war in Europe and elsewhere in the world, they are willing to roll up their sleeves and make things happen. 

A number of this year’s entries involved creatively sharing the Urdd’s Message of Peace and Goodwill on the Climate Emergency.  The judges were particularly impressed by two young people-led projects in Aberconwy and Newport.  The ’Aberconwy Allies’ created and shared a series of creative films on the theme of hate crime and discrimination.  ‘Solidarity Stories’ in Newport organised a poster competition in local schools around welcoming refugees and raising funding to create a mural from the winning entry in a local community park. 

For further information contact:

Jane Harries, Peace Education Coordinator, WCIA

or Susie Ventris-Fielld, Chief Executive, WCIA