Two days before Armistice Day and the centenary of the end of First World War, young pupils from Oasis Academy Fir Vale took part in a number of activities. Hundreds of young people and teachers honouring the sacrifice of previous generations by joining a movement of change for peace as part of a national day of events.
INSPIRE is a peace-making initiative for young people, schools and communities. Its aim is to commemorate those who have given their lives in conflict in response to the centenary of the ending of the ‘Great War’, by acting as the impetus to take positive action to work for peace in local communities and personal relationships.
Young people and teachers from both academies joined nearly 6,000 others gathered together in 14 different venues across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, alongside hundreds of assemblies, local gatherings and projects in schools across the UK to participate in INSPIRE.
Ahead of the event, 10 and 11 year olds from the Oasis Academy Fir Vale have completed a project on the First World War, reflecting on the experiences of all involved in the conflict. Today they presented artwork that they have created to the other young people gathered at Bradford Cathedral, and joined in making a public commitment to pursuing peace in their daily lives.
Helen Round, Principal of Oasis Academy Fir Vale, commented saying, “We are very proud of Oasis Academy Fir Vale’s pupils who contributed so meaningfully to today’s event. They have shown great maturity while working on their project to recognise the overwhelming sacrifice made during the First World War, and they honoured that sacrifice by adding their voices to the INSPIRE movement for peace today.”
Rev Steve Chalke MBE, Founder of the Oasis group of charities and the INSPIRE movement, commented saying, “For this generation, peace is history rather than reality. INSPIRE is changing that. The project empowers young people to not only learn from the past but also actively engage with the present so that the future can be different.” “To take part in such a project takes courage and determination. I am very grateful to the young people of Oasis Academy Fir Vale for heeding the call and using this year’s centenary of the end of First World War to take a stand for peace!