Oldham Council is a signatory to the Pledge to Peace and the borough of Oldham now has England’s first Mayor of Peace, Councillor Derek Heffernan. The College joins many local schools, including St Pauls, Royton, Burnley Brow, Chadderton, St Chads, Uppermill, Knowsley, Springhead and Saddleworth School in signing the Pledge to Peace and OSFC will now be a member of the Peace Form, working towards a more peaceful borough. Organisations from countries across the globe have already signed the Pledge to Peace.
The College has long celebrated UN International Day of Peace in September. We also promote peaceful resolution, tolerance, understanding and celebration of difference in a variety of ways. A very active Equality and Diversity group organises activities to mark the diversity of our College community and significant dates of remembrance throughout the year, such as Holocaust Memorial Day. The LGBT+ is a very popular and active group and the inter-faith meetings do much to promote understanding and tolerance between students of faith.
The College will now work to develop an action plan to further promote peace in our community.
We are also hosting Playing for Peace, an exhibition celebrating the role of sport in bringing together international communities. Playing for Peace focuses on particular occasions in history when sport has played a crucial role in promoting peace.
Amongst the exhibits are the 1994 Winter Olympics, for which the Olympic Truce was revived to allow medical personnel to enter a besieged Sarajevo and provide vaccinations for children and the ‘Stop War Start Tennis’ campaign, which saw Pakistani and Indian tennis stars playing a tennis match over a net strung across the only road border crossing the war-torn Kashmir district.
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