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Lahore School Children Just Say No To War, Terrorism & Nuclear Weapons

ANT-Hiroshima has been co-operating with Hector Nihal, director of the Aids Awareness Society in Pakistan, who requested assistance in a peace education initiative for schools in Lahore, Pakistan.

Hector organized a poster competition as part of his peace education initiative, “Say No to Nuclear Weapons.” The peace edcuation initiative was originally scheduled to be on 9th August 2014, to commemorate the dropping of the second atomic bomb, on Nagasaki.

However, the event had to be postponed as the venue was at Model Town, Lahore, was where a rally and demonstration at the beginning of Tahirul Qadri’s “Inqalab March” was being held.

The event was held on 6th September instead, and went off successfully.

A total of ten schools took part along with representatives from various NGOs, religious leaders and political parties.

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Adults and children listen to the presentation.

The posters made by the students were put on display, as were the educational posters that were supplied by ANT-Hiroshima.

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Some of the student posters on display.

The school students were shown a film about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and learned about the devastating effects of nuclear weapons. They expressed their solidarity with the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Watching a film about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

The participants appreciated the courage of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as they struggled to recover from the destruction in a spirit of Peace and forgiveness while moving ahead to rebuild their lives and communities.

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The school children received certificates of attendance and gift copies of Sadako’s Prayer.

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School children receive certificates and copies of Sadako’s Prayer.

The school principals offered their full support and cooperation for future peace programs in their schools to educate younger generation about the importance of peace and the effects of weapons of mass destruction.

On behalf of participants we are grateful ANT and its team for providing this opportunity to organize a program on this important topic. – Hector Nihal

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Hector Nihal Holds Peace Poster & Peace Calendar Competition In Pakistani Schools

ANT-Hiroshima friend, Mr Hector Nihal, Director of the Aids Awareness Society in Lahore, Pakistan approached us with a proposal to hold two events on 6th August 2014 to commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Hector also proposed to hold a peace-poster competition at several schools. The winning posters will be used to create a peace calendar for 2015.

In his proposal, Hector explained that,

Pakistan is one of those countries that has nuclear weapons along with its neighbour, India… Pakistan is also one of those countries where peace has become a dream for every citizen, but religious conflicts, political conflicts, war and terror, drone attacks, suicide bombs, target killing, increased inflation, conflicts with neighboring countries and within the country have affected the peace of mind of every Pakistani.

Hector would like to contribute to the promotion of peace education in Pakistan so the 6th August Commemoration programs in Lahore and Karachi are intended to appeal to Civil Society Organizations, journalists and intellectuals using educational materials donated by ANT Hiroshima.

At the same time, Hector believes that,

6th August is a day of concern for all peace loving people around the globe and to raise their voice to call for peace and say no to mass destruction Nuclear weapons, and if we really want to change the world it is important to involve young people the youth, to become ambassadors of peace.

The poster project involved 1000 students at 10 high schools in Lahore and Karachi, who were taught about the effects of nuclear weapons and about the destructive power of Nuclear Weapons in  Pakistan.

Here are some pictures of the posters that were created and displayed at one of the schools:

 

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Dancing To Pakistani Music & Reading Braille Books At National Book Day, Pakistan

To celebrate National Book Day in Pakistan, National Book Foundation organised activities at the Pak-China Friendship Center. That gave Fauzia Minallah another opportunity to introduce Amai-The Bird of Light to a young audience. (It is Amai who takes the children on a journey to Hiroshima in Fauzia’s children’s book, Sadako’s Prayer.)

Fauzia showed three of her animations and asked children to come up on stage for a Q&A session. Just as at the event she held at the Children’s Literature Festival in Islamabad, the children began to dance when she showed her animation, Amai Loves Pakistani Music.

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Fauzia presenting children with copies of Sadako’s Prayer.

 

Brialle Readings by Visually Impaired Children

Four students of Almaktoom Centre for the Visually Impaired read from read from Sadako’s Prayer and other Amai books as well as those written by the blind teacher Miss Nazmeena in Braille.

Twenty children received copies of Sadako’s Prayer and the four Almaktoon students recieved Braille Books from the National Book Foundation.

Reading Braille Books at the National book day 2014 from Funkor on Vimeo.

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Fauzia Minallah Presents Amai Animation at Children’s Literature Festival, Islamabad

Since 2011 in Pakistan, Children’s Literature Festivals have been held as a response to low levels of literacy and an educational culture that inhibits the development of creativity and literacy.

There are two key aims, which are firstly to give children an opportunity to explore the written word, and secondly to give children an opportunity to explore and develop their own creativity. This is done by bringing together children’s authors, artists, TV celebrities, journalists who engage directly with children to encourage, inspire and motivate them.

Wherever a Children’s Literature Festival has been held the response has always been very enthusiastic, even in those areas of Pakistan where security and law and order remain under threat.

At the most recent Children’s Literature Festival, held in Islamabad in the middle of May, ANT-Hiroshima’s friend and collaborator, Fauzia Minallah – founder of the Funkor Child Art Center – showed her animation Amai Loves the Music of Pakistan.

Fauzia reports that the video was well received by the children, who began to dance to the music. The video featured songs in Pashto, Punjabi , Sindhi, Balochi and Urdu, sung by the students of Almaktoom Center for the visually Impaired.

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The children begin to dance as Fauzia’ s Amai anima plays.

 

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Fauzia claps along to the dancing!

The children were presented with copies of Sadako’s Prayer, written and illustrated by Fauzia Minallah and published by ANT-Hiroshima. 🙂

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Fauzia presenting children with copies of Sadako’s Prayer.

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Santa Claus Brings Sadako’s Prayer To St Dominic School, Lahore, Pakistan

This month ANT-Hiroshima has been working with Fauzia Minallah of the Funkor Child Art Centre in Islamabad, Pakistan, and  Hector Nihal, Director of AAS Pakistan in a project to distribute Sadako’s Prayer books and a message of peace and hope for Christmas 2013 to marginalized children in Christian communities in Lahore and Multan, Pakistan.

In the Christmas Program with the children of St Dominic School in Lahore, Santa Claus taught the children how to make paper cranes, and then distributed 100 copies of Sadako’s Prayer to them. The Children read the story of Sadako and then performed some skits based on stories from the Christmas nativity story.

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Santa Claus teaches St Dominic School pupils how to make a paper crane.

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St Dominic School children perform Christmas skits.

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Santa with Amai, the bird of light, and St Dominic School children.

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Fauzia Minallah distributing copies of Sadako’s Prayer to the children of St Dominic School.

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