Children say NO to war, violence and terrorism
Some 450 children from 28 Karachi schools signed an 'Indo-Pak Joint Signature Campaign Against War and Terrorism'. They made a Mural for Peace which will be put up in the Children's Museum for Peace and Human Rights once the building is up and running; they once again pledged to participate in a petition drive to urge the Pakistani government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights for the Disabled. It may be recalled that these and hundreds of other school children had earlier put pressure on the government to sign the convention for the disabled, by collecting 75 thousand signatures. Lastly, the children signed a message of solidarity with the children in Gaza, which will be sent to Gaza through the Palestinian Embassy in Islamabad.
I attended this inspiring meeting of the children's Right-On Network yesterday afternoon at a large hall in one of the participating schools and watched the enthusiam of the young peace promoters and heard their inquiries made from veteran journalist Ghazi Salahuddin who spoke about the 'history of the Palestinian-Israel conflict'. Earlier, a representative of the Unicef spoke about the children who are victims of conflict in Gaza, and closer to home...in Swat. This meeting was organised by the Karachi-based Children's Museum for Peace and Human Rights.
Schoolchildren express solidarity with Palestinians Wednesday, January 28, 2009
At least 450 children from 28 schools in Karachi signed a solidarity message for the children of Gaza and made a mural of peace after writing peace slogans.
The exercise was part of an activity titled ‘children say nO to war, violence and terrorism’ organised on Tuesday at a local school.
The sufferings of the people of Palestine, particularly children, were discussed in the interactive meeting, which was followed by questions from children.
After the meeting, a message of solidarity and support was signed by each and every child. It will be sent to the Palestinian embassy in Islamabad.
All participants were members of the Right-On Network, a youth network comprising the Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights. They had gathered to express support for the children of Gaza and Swat.