Unique peace-building project now has its own Facebook page

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

A unique peace-building initiative pioneered in Derry now has its own dedicated Facebook page.

The ‘Pathway to Peace’ project is the brainchild of local Presbyterian minister Dr David Latimer.

It is a bespoke initiative 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.

Discussions recently took place between Dr Latimer and a group from Belfast about extending the project there.

David Latimer says the project is “a powerful beacon that can inspire thousands to turn their dreams of peace to reality.”

The Pathway initiative emerged after the unveiling of Ireland’s first peace flame - located adjacent to Derry’s Guildhall - by Martin Luther King III in May of last year.

The project has been hailed as a “unique initiative” by the North’s Education Minister John O’Dowd who paid tribute to Dr Latimer’s “creativity and determination”.

Check out www.facebook.com/pathwaytopeaceproject