A book detailing the work of young people who participated in a cross-community and cross-border project was launched at the Central Library in Foyle Street on Wednesday afternoon.
The project, titled ‘The Peace Generation’, explored the role that faith plays in the lives of young people from both Strathfoyle and Carndonagh. It was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Reconciliation Fund.
The guest speaker at the book launch was Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell.
Colr. Campbell stated that he was honoured to have been invited to speak at the event and that he thought the cross-community aspect of the project was something the young people should be very proud of.
“It’s a great privilege for me to be here today,” said Colr. Campbell.
“I have managed to have a look at some of the work produced by the young people and all I can say is that I am very impressed.
“It’s a great project and I would like to congratulate both Libraries N.I. and Kid’s Own for helping the young people to tackle such important issues.”
‘The Peace Generation’ commenced before Christmas and young people from both areas met with a Catholic priest, a Presbyterian minister and a practising Buddhist.
Orla Kenny, Kids’ Own Creative Director, said she was impressed with the young people’s enthusiasm and added that after a few initial meetings, the young people soon realised that they had more in common than they had originally thought.
“We wanted to give the young people the opportunity to talk about faith and the role it plays in their lives in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
“We met with the young people on a month to month basis to discuss the project and they were all an absolute pleasure to work with.
“The young people all got to talk to different religious representatives such as Fr. McLaughlin from the parish of Carndonagh, Reverend Young and Buddhist, Lobsang Wangchuk.
“The young people put the same questions to each of the faith representatives. It was a very open and honest discussion.
“We then asked the young people to then express themselves by creating their own carved art pictures.
“Kids’ Own are based in Sligo and for projects like this one we usually produce about 2000 books but because of the true individuality of the project we decided to make it much more exclusive.”
Helen Osborn, Director of Library Services, praised the young people for their work and said that it was all made possible because of the partnership with Libraries N.I., Donegal County Council and Kid’s Own.
“Derry Central Library is delighted to host the launch of this cross-border project which saw Libraries NI working in partnership with Donegal County Council and Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and involving young people from the Strathfoyle and Carndonagh areas.
“This collaboration has resulted in the production of a limited edition book and inspirational exhibition which is a culmination of the commitment shown by the young people involved in this interfaith project.”
The project was managed and delivered by Kids’ Own, a national non-for-profit arts organisation and Ireland’s only dedicated publisher of books made by children.
The exhibition will run until the end of February in Derry Central Library and admission is free.
For more information, contact Derry Central Library (35 Foyle Street, BT48 6AL) on telephone: 028 7127 2310 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org