Bunting celebrating peace unveiled
PUPILS from across Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic have unveiled a stunning piece of collaborative art during a celebration of diversity, peace and reconciliation in Londonderry.
The unique creation of hand-made bunting was created by over 600 students aged between 12-13 who participated in the Learning and Educating Together (LET) Programme.
Mayor of Londonderry Kevin Campbell said: “I was delighted to be part of this event today and this initiative which brings together our impressionable young who are the future of the region.
“By facilitating them in residential courses where they will learn vital enterprise skills, it is also offering them a chance to come together with others from different community backgrounds, meetings which may not have otherwise happened.
“A programme such as this is vital as we move forward to embrace our City of Culture status in 2013; the benefits were clearly obvious from the children and organisers here today.
“The finished piece is now making its way to be displayed in the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.”
Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Dr Adrian Johnston, said: “The LET Programme is a strong example of the practical initiatives supported by the Fund which successfully develop vital skills and lasting friendships between individuals from different religions, backgrounds and from both sides of the border.
“For some young people, the LET Programme provides the first opportunity to mix with their peers from other traditions and backgrounds.
“It has been a phenomenal success with more than 4,500 participants gaining a greater understanding and tolerance of the religious backgrounds of others, forging firm friendships and working together in the spirit of enterprise.”
Carol Fitzsimons, Chief Executive Officer of YENI, commented: “Derry/Londonderry is the perfect location to unveil this remarkable piece of art and celebrate the achievements of all the young people who took part in the LET Programme.
“The modern face of the city reflects the themes of the programme: community interaction, sharing and celebrating culture, seeking new opportunities and growing enterprise potential.
“Enterprise education has never been more relevant. Developing young people and equipping them with relevant business skills is vital if we are to have a successful and vibrant economy in the future.
“In today’s economic climate, it is imperative that young people take ownership of their future careers.”
Some 600 students participate in the LET Programme each year and to date more than 4,500 young people have taken part in the programme.
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