2017 Peace and Goodwill Message
This year Bwrdd Syr IfanC received the responsibility to develop the Peace and Goodwill Message from the young People of Wales.
Equality for Young People is the theme of the this year’s message
A series of workshops, Skype meetings, information from the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, and the advice of the Panel Cyd-ddyn steering group under the chairmanship of the Reverend Canon Aled Edwards contributed to the formation of our message. These discussions, thoughts and feelings created the message. Here are some of the issues which were discussed:-
- Human rights and freedom to live according to your sexuality;
- The Refugee crisis;
- Growth in nationalism and the right wing politics of ‘populous
- Uncertainty of the affect of Brexit on overseas study and travel
- Lack of a political voice of young people, the need for political education
- Importance of identity and language
- Poverty and concern that a third of children in Wales are living in poverty
- Mental health challenges facing children and young people;
- Lack of standards and consistency of social and personal education
We share this message, acknowledging that we do not have all the answers to provide young people the opportunity to contribute their voice. We kindly ask you to receive this message and to share with others.
The message does not stop here. It is starting its journey and we look forward to track its journey with you. Heddwch@urdd.org
The history of the message
This year the Urdd's Message of Peace and Goodwill was 95 years old, and since 1922 the message has been an inspiration for the humanitarian and international work of the Urdd. The first message was sent by Reverend Gwilym Davies from Cwm Rhymni. He was a pacifist and was prominent in the establishing of the Welsh Union of the League of Nations and UNESCO. He believed in uniting the children of the world. Sir Ifan decided to support the campaign so that ignorance and prejudice could be abolished. The message was broadcast for the first time on the BBC World Service in 1924 and today it appears in many different languages on the internet and reaches all corners of the world. In the 1950's the Urdd was given the responsibility of announcing the Message of Peace and Goodwill on 18 May, which was the date of the first peace conference in the Hague in 1899.
Peace and Goodwill Message Service
The Urdd commissions a service to go with the Peace and Goodwill Message to be used by schools or Sunday schools. This years' service will be avilable for download soon.Download Service