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General election Hustings 2015

"If you were elected, how would you reform democratic processes to engage more young people in politics?" "What will happen to Wales if the UK decide to leave the EU?"

These were just a couple of the questions asked at the WCIA's General Election hustings on April 15 2015. In front of 120 guests, six candidates battling for Welsh seats took part in the internationally focused Election hustings. 

Potential voters asked questions about climate, the environment, international development, aid, human rights and more. How did the politicians answer? Find it in our event-report.

Acting Chief Executive, Susie Ventris-Field, said: "We would like to thank all the politicians and members of the public who took part in this lively discussion."

Philosophy for Children course in July

Teachers are invited to take part in the 2-day Level 1 Philosophy for Children (P4C) course on 1-2 July in Cardiff.

The course provides a full introduction to the Philosophy for Children (P4C) method. Since 2004 this method has been used by CEWC to help children develop their critical and creative thinking skills, listening abilities and levels of articulacy.

Manon Defis, Education and Engagement Officer, said: "If you are a teacher and want to get your students thinking critically and creatively and at the same time want to increase their ability to work cooperatively, this 2-day course is perfect for you!"

The course is £250 for 2 days. Save your seat and register!

‘Make it Happen‘ -when a picture says more than words

On March 5 people from Kenya, Ethiopia, Bridgend and Bristol who are working to improve the rights of women in their communities gathered at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff.

The day is captured in visual minutes. See this piece of work and find out more about "Make it Happen" here.

The Peace & Goodwill Message 2015

"But today, on our Mimosa, with courage in our actions, we have a long journey ahead and face many a challenge. We shall confront illness, in the eye of the storm, we shall share the burden on the big blue sea." 

This is an extract of the Peace & Goodwill Message 2015 written by the young people of Wales to the young people of the world. 

The message has been translated into different languages to make the thoughts accessible to a wide range of young people.

Read the full message and find out more about the story behind the Peace & Goodwill Message.

Share the message from the Urdd website in any of the 28 languages.
 

Remembering Ray Davies

On 7 May 2015, long-standing peace activist Ray Davies passed away at the age of 85.

Martin Pollard, WCIA Chief Executive said: “Ray was much loved within the peace movement in Wales and beyond – a man of great principles and integrity. Amongst his many achievements, he played an instrumental role in recognising Welsh soldiers’ contribution to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War. He was a strong voice at many WCIA and UNA events and will be much missed by all of us.”

Read more about Ray Davies. 
 

Fundraising by WCIA volunteer

One of WCIA's volunteers is fundraising to take part in the International Citizen Service programme.

Jéromine Andolfatto is going to NIcaragua for 10 weeks to live with a Nicaraguan family. 

Find out more on Jeromine's website or make a donation.

 

...and what does the result mean for international issues?

The Conservatives won the election on 7 May 2015. See some debates on the impact this might have at the international level.

Why does the UK election matter to the rest of the world?

Reflections on impact on EU reform

Analysis of the general elections

Wales Africa Partnership Launch

Exciting times are coming ahead for the Africa-Partnership, with a launch date set for June 23 at the Millennium Stadium.
 
The launch will open a new £180,000 combined small grants scheme, including £50,000 ring-fenced for health, which will enable groups throughout Wales to access funding for small-scale Wales-Africa projects.


Fully funded teacher training: Connecting Classrooms

Funded by the British Council, there is a fully funded Connecting Classrooms training for teachers on June 18 at the Temple Of Peace, Cardiff.

Chief Executive and Trainer Martin Pollard said: "Connecting Classrooms is a brilliant and unique opportunity to improve both teaching skills and  the skills needed from students as global citizens."

Save your free but limited place by booking in advance.

CEWC is the British Council’s partner in Wales for Connecting Classrooms Professional Development.

New faces at the WCIA

The spring brings new staff and trustee arrivals for the WCIA. In our Wales Africa Partnership team, Brân Devey joins us from Natural Resources Wales, having worked there and at The Countryside Council for Wales. He has an interest in current affairs and has volunteered in in Africa and Central America.   In the same team is Edie Mhembere, Project Support Officer.

Joining our Wales for Peace project team are Learning Coordinator, Jane Harries and Fi Gilligan, Finance and Volunteering Administrator. 

Joining us on the Board of trustees are 7 new members. Read more about new staff and trustees on our website.

We also welcome back Martin Pollard as Chief Executive and Susie Ventris-Field returns to the Deputy Chief Executive role. 

Say hello at the Eisteddfod festival

On Wednesday 20 May Wales for Peace will be at the cultural Eisteddfod festival. In the Welcome Tent visitors can talk and debate the question: What does peace mean for you? They will also be invited to spread their peace message in different ways.
 
Jane Harries from Wales for Peace stated: "The participants are going to take peace forward! I am very excited to talk to a lot of young people and learn about their visions."
Vacancies

The Wales Africa Partnership is seeking an independent voluntary Chair for its Partnership Board.
Interested? The closing date is Friday 29 May 2015. 

Our events

Connecting Classrooms - Training for primary and secondary school teachers
Thursday 18 June 2015
Venue: Temple of Peace, Cardiff
Register here.

Level 1 Course in Philosophy for Children (P4C)
Wednesday, 1 July 2015 at 9am and
Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 5pm
Venue: Culture and Media Centre (Tiger Bay room 3)
Register here.

Other dates for your diary

Songhoy Blues: Music in Exile review – a Malian band to watch
Sunday 24 May 2015
Venue: Swansea’s Welfare

A Meal for Nepal
29 May 6.30-9.00pm, Temple of Peace, Cardiff
Email to book

The National Eisteddfod of Wales
1 - 8 August 2015
Venue: Montgomeryshire and the Marches
 

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