‘Pathway to Peace’ to reach Belfast

Rev. Dr. David Latimer.
Rev. Dr. David Latimer.

A group from Belfast was in the city this week to hear how a unique peace-building project pioneered in Derry is working.

The representatives from North Belfast met up with Presbyterian minister Dr. David Latimer to discuss the potential of the ‘Pathway to Peace’ initative extending to their neck of the woods.

Pathway to Peace - the brainchild of Rev. Latimer - is a bespoke project designed to empower primary and post-primary school pupils to “articulate their vision of how we can all live better together”.

Sixty schools in the Derry City Council area, along with 10 schools in Donegal, have produced peace pledges which have been imprinted onto stone plaques to create a pathway to peace around the city’s Peace Flame Monument at Foyle Street.

A further 45 Schools in the Omagh District Council area, embracing controlled, maintained, integrated, Irish medium and special care sectors, have recently completed 25-word peace pledges.

David Latimer says discussions are currently taking place to determine how the “words and wisdom” of pupils across the Omagh Council area can be incorporated into the landscape of Omagh.

This, he believes, can inspire people, regardless of their creed or culture, to “turn their dreams of peace into reality.”

Pupils in the rest of the WELB area and also across Belfast will be invited to participate in the unique initiative from the start of the new school year in September.

The Belfast group discussed how peace pledges by their pupils can become a symbol of hope for their city.