I collaborated with the kids at my daughters' primary school to create a wishing tree. Every student had the chance to write or draw their wish or wishes. The wishes ranged from heartwarming to heartbreaking while some were wishes for themselves the majority were for others and the wider world. The most common wish was for PEACE. This was expressed in many ways that showed that these children, aged 5-13, really understood not just the destructive nature of war, but also the causes of war. They know that the lack of food, education, shelter, clean water, health care and a meaningful occupation leads to despair.
I watched Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate, speak on TED and she is adamant that we properly define what PEACE means. "A sustainable paece is when the majority of people on this planet have access to enough resources to live dignified lives,.......so they can live in freedom from want and freedom from fear."
She urges us to take action, I think that before action comes awareness. I'm so impressed that this group of children have that awareness, it will be interesting to see what action they take.