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Wales for Peace Project Launches

We are delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Funded Wales for Peace project is now under way, under the leadership of longstanding internationalist Craig Owen who started in post on 2nd January. He will be facilitating WCIA’s work with 10 partner organisations ranging from the National Museums of Wales to the Urdd.

The Wales for Peace project was launched on Armistice Day, 11 November, with a well-received event at the Senedd bringing together members of the public and pupils from Crickhowell, St. Joseph's, Cathedral, Pen y Dre, Cathays High, Maes y Dderwen, Cantonian and Llangatwg schools. The schools engaged in action packed discussion sessions brought together with an interactive Peace mural (snapshot above) drawing together young people’s learning about commemoration and aspirations for peace into the future.

The project will explore one big question: In the 100 years since the First World War, how has Wales contributed to the search for peace? Engaging 100,000 people by working with experienced partners and local communities throughout Wales, between 2015 and 2019 Wales for Peace will:
  • Uncover Soldiers Stories highlighting the impact of war on Wales, and understand why so many went on to work for peace and positive international relations
  • Share hidden histories of Peace Builders in Wales  
  • Explore the legacy for today, and what peace means for people now
  • Use Wales’ peace heritage to inspire future generations.
  • Bring the whole story together into both travelling and permanent interactive exhibitions
Between February and April WCIA will  be recruiting a range of both volunteer opportunities and staff roles to support the implementation of this exciting project. If you would like to receive updates, further information or be involved in any way, please contact

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)

The International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust  and of the subsequent genocides in Cambodia,Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur falls on the 27th January 2015 and is a time to remember the millions who lost their lives and to educate and learn from "past crimes with an eye towards preventing them in the future."  

Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp, was liberated on 27 January 1945.

Across Wales there are some 35 events this month and the activities at Cardiff Castle and at the Focal Point, Merthyr Tydfil are now open. Free About HMD Booklets are available to download both in English and in Welsh.

Those wishing to remember the victims of the Armenian genocide in 1915 can visit the memorial in the Welsh National Garden of Peace adjacent to the Temple of Peace at any time.

Do the 'little things in Welsh'

The Welsh Government has announced funding of £3.6 million to promote the Welsh Language this year, continuing its initiative to provide opportunities to use Welsh in everyday life.

Pethau Bychain - do the ‘little things in Welsh’ is a Welsh Government campaign that encourages making small changes to increase our daily use of Welsh whilst its Twf - 'Pass on the gift of Welsh' project encourages the use of Welsh within families and offers free support and advice to those families raising children in two languages. 

Perhaps we should all consider doing a little something in Welsh on International Mother Language Day, the 21st February 2015 in support of the Welsh language.

Interested in volunteering?

Want to get involved in international issues? Opportunities for volunteers to help at events, with blogs, social media and with our new Wales for Peace project.

Join us on 29 January at 5pm at the Temple of Peace to find out more.

2015 Model United Nations Conferences 

Registrations for CEWC's 2015 Model United Nations Conferences are still open. CEWC has organised six conferences  on the theme of Human Rights for 14 to 18 year old students in March at venues throughout Wales, together with four briefing sessions in February.

For more information and to register >>>>

Registrations close on 2 February 2015.

Wales' Young Ambassors for 'Send a Friend to School' 2015

Two Cardiff pupils have received the Steve Sinnott Award presented each year to two passionate young people committed to furthering the cause of education for all. Emily Pemberton and George Watts are Year 10 students at Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr who've become the 2015 Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign, run by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE UK).

In February, they will travel to Bangladesh on a fact-finding mission with ActionAid and GCE UK to investigate what progress has been made in getting every child into school in line with the UN's Millenium Development Goal 2 that aims for universal primary education.  They will visit the capital, Dhaka, as well as spending time in the remote rural area of Nilphamari, meeting children in and out of school, campaigners and politicians. Some of those children did not have the chance to go to school and the pair will discover first-hand how this traps children in poverty.

On 15 January Emily and George took part in the launch of Action/2015, a  new campaign designed to put pressure on world leaders to agree action to tackle climate change, poverty and inequality when they meet later this year.
Our events

WCIA/Hub Bookclub

Join Manon Defis of the WCIA and Dan James Jones of the Hub at Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff on 28 January at 6pm to discuss Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid.
If you can't make it in person, join the conversation on the WCIA Voices website.

Comments on Dead Aid:

'Dambisa Moyo makes a compelling case for a new approach' - Kofi Annan

'Books like that are promoting evil.' - Bill Gates

Volunteer Evening
Opportunities for volunteers to help at events, with blogs, social media and with our new Wales for Peace project.
Join us on 29 January 2015 , 5pm at the Temple of Peace to find out more.
Refreshments available

Model United Nations 2015

Briefing Sessions:
5 February 2015 in Cardiff
9 February 2015 in Carmarthen
11 February in Wrexham
12 February in Bangor

 2 March in Carmarthen
12 March in Barry
17 March in Caernarfon
18 March in Mold
20 March in Cardiff
25 March in Swansea

More information and to register
Registrations close on 2 February 2015

Other dates for your diary

27 January 2015
Cardiff VSO Group
Open Meeting
Talk by Christiane Sofia, recently returned from Rwanda who worked with adults and hildren with learning disabilities
Chapter Arts Centre
19.00 -21.00 hrs

27 January 2015
Holocaust Memorial Day
35 events across Wales
More information here

3 February 2015
Climate Change Commission for Wales
Communicating Climate Change in Wales
Butetown Community Centre, Cardiff 11.00 - 15.30 hrs
To book and for more information

4 February 2015
Wales for Africa Health Links and Disability Wales Africa
Shared Learning Event - Disability Inclusive Development
Temple of Peace, Cardiff 12pm 
More information from

11 February 2015
Renewable UK Cymru
Wales Green Building Marketplace
Wales Millennium Centre 9.00 - 16.00 hrs
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