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Exciting times for the Wales for Peace Partnership

With the new staff member, Youth Coordinator Noam Devey, the Wales for Peace team is now complete.

Craig Owen, the Head of Wales for peace states: "With this amazing and diverse team, we are now well prepared to achieve our aim: to engage 100,000 people in discovering, sharing and learning from the peace heritage of Wales - the people and organisations who have been part of this search, and whose stories remain largely untold. We will link this story with today's conflicts and people's current views on achieving peace, so that heritage is seen as a living, relevant story that continues to resonate today."

To find out more about the upcoming activities and learn how to get involved, see the Wales for peace page.

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Wales Africa tackling health challenges together

This years’ Hub Cymru Africa Health Conference at Cardiff Metropolitan University brought together health professionals and development organisations from across Wales to discuss a variety of health issues.
The Wales for Africa health links report, was launched at the conference, outlined the work done over last year by over 300 volunteers in Wales and over 1,700 volunteers in Africa involved in joint health projects, helping over 344,000 people across 13 countries.
Keynote speakers included the First Minister Carwyn Jones who opened the conference, Lord Nigel Crisp chair of the All Parliamentary Group on Global Health who talked about Sustainable Development and the visiting Dr Grace Kodindo, talking about her experiences, challenges and successes of working in maternal child health in Chad.
To get involved or attend further Hub Cymru Africa events, follow on Facebook and Twitter and see the website.

Building support for global education

The Wales Alliance for Global Education (WAGE) wants to see Wales’ young people thrive responsibly in a globalised world as engaged, skilled and empowered citizens.

WAGE brings together more than 20 organisations, including NGOs, local authority representatives and education practitioners with a shared commitment to ensuring the education system in Wales supports young people to be ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world. (The impact and value of global education is highlighted in the recent Successful Futures Report, Estyn ESDGC review and the Future Generations Act.)

In early July, the alliance organised a meeting which brought together policy-makers, NGOs and education practitioners.

This was an opportunity to re-emphasise the relevance and importance of global education to the curriculum in Wales. Young people, teachers, AMs, party representatives and academics talked about the benefits of global education and how Wales can be world-renowned for its contribution. 

WAGE also organised a seminar which brought together teachers, school leaders, practitioners and organisations. People shared examples of best practise, learnt from other leaders in global learning and were challenged to improve their own global learning practise. The evidence, knowledge and experiences gathered will inform the production of a report that will be used to influence decision makers and form the future of global education in Wales.
See the photos here.

For more information visit the WAGE website or send an email.

Celebrating Bastille Day in Wales – take action

This November, world leaders will gather for a major climate change conference in Paris. It’s an important moment for people and wildlife as they discuss how to reduce emissions and avoid dangerous global temperature rises. Wales will have to play its part in cutting emissions, Stop Climate Chaos Cymru, a coalition of NGOs, started to campaign for a “Fair Climate Deal”.
On Bastille Day in July, they spoke to Assembly Members about why a fair, global deal on climate action is important.

Friends of the Earth Cymru created a storify of the event.

WWF Cymru recommends tweeting your AM to tell them why climate action is important to you. Find your AM on the National Assembly’s website, and then on Twitter here.
You can also share your organisation’s views ahead of the COP talks in this survey.

Team Wales: 'Brilliant' performance at the debating showcase in Singapore 

As every year, ‪Wales was represented at the World Schools Debating Championship. This global tournament includes over 52 national teams and takes place in a different country each year.

At the end of July, Team Wales, selected and coached by ‪‎WCIA volunteers, took part in the tournament in Singapore. Martin Pollard said: “Our delegation performed magnificently, winning 6 of their 8 preliminary debates and being ranked 13th out of the 56 competing nations. See on twitter what they experienced.

Our congratulations go to Elen, Dafydd, Euan and Will for a great performance!

Opportunity to volunteer at WCIA

The WCIA is offering a new volunteer role:

As a Website Volunteer, you will learn how to write brand guidelines and house style.
Susie Ventris-Field says, “You can contribute to measurably to improve the search rankings and visibility of the WCIA. It is a great opportunity to collaborate with a diverse team of volunteers and staff.”

Find more information about the role, its purpose and the tasks here.

We look forward to welcoming you in our team!

The National Assembly for Wales invites opinions on environmental issues

The National Assembly are asking a range of questions on environmental issues (climate change, recycling, and the five pence plastic bag charge).

Give your opinion here.

Intern: "I gained a lot of experiences and learned a lot of new skills!"

The WCIA was delighted to have the student Rhys Muzzupappa with us for one week. Find out what he experienced during that time.

If you are interested in volunteering or doing an internship at the WCIA, contact us.

We want to thank Rhys Muzzupappa for his contribution!

Wales for Peace at the National Eisteddfod

From 01 – 06 August, the National Eisteddfod of Wales took place in Meifod.

The WCIA’s Wales for Peace project had their own stall with different activities:

During the week they had children taking part in their Peace Trail, visiting all the Wales for Peace partners at the Eisteddfod. They also collected videos of people sharing their family stories of ‘Conscientious Objectors’ against war.

Besides this, Wales for Peace were very proud to host Carmarthen’s ‘White Book of Peace’ and had hundreds of people sign the book- alongside previous signatures such as Desmond Tutu. 

As a contribution to the ceremony for 70 years since Hiroshima bombings on 06 August, Learning Coordinator Jane Harries was on the BBC radio speaking about this.

Noam Devey, Youth Coordinator from Wales for Peace, stated: "We had a lovely time! We were proud to announce our winner Syfi of the peace trail. One of my personal highlights was to meet one of my heroes, the poet Benjamin Zephaniah who was very excited to hear about our project."

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