Pupils from St. Patrick’s Primary School in Derry have become the first young people to sign the ‘Peace Scroll’ as part of a record breaking attempt with a difference.
The scroll is the brainchild of Reverend David Latimer who wants to create the world’s largest ever pledge for peace - which he hopes will be signed by all children from the city.
The journey across the City began at St Patrick’s Pennyburn, last Monday when 840 pupils personally pledged peace by signing their name on a fabric scroll mounted onto a customised stand generously donated by Hunter Apparel Solutions, Springtown.
The machine is trimmed in a branded skirt especially designed and produced for the initiative by Cunningham Covers, Maghera.
The initiative was launched in May 2014 by Rev Latimer, who was one of the first signatures on the scroll, alongside Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume, US Civil Rights Veteran John Lewis and WELB Head of Children and Young People’s Services Philomena McDermott.
The preparation for the roll out of Rev David Latimer’s ‘Pupils’ Pledge Peace’ initiative to set a new Guinness World Record (GWR) for Peace under the category ‘Most Signatures on a Scroll’, with the support of the Western Education and Library Board (WELB) has been ably assisted by Desmond Motors, Strand Road, who kindly sponsored a vehicle to transport the fabric rolling machine to each primary school in Derry City Council area and to 10 primary schools in County Donegal.
Adding his support to the initiative, WELB Chief Executive, Barry Mulholland, said: “We are delighted that children and young people from schools throughout the WELB area are embracing the ‘Pupils’ Peace Pledge’ initiative.
“Following on from Rev Latimer’s ‘Pathway to Peace’ project, young people have been given the opportunity to inscribe their vision for peace on a Guinness World Record Scroll highlighting the importance of youth participation in peace building and the positive effects received by the wider community and beyond.”
Delighted with the response from schools and pupils, Rev Latimer, said: “We must continue along the path of peace so that young people from the area will be empowered to share their vision of how we can all learn to live better together.”