May 2019
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Day of Peace Observed at a College in St. Lucia

Castries, St. Lucia - UPF-St. Lucia and the students of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) held a March and Rally for Peace on September 20.

About 100 students holding placards participated in the march along with Mr. Urban Dolor, the Principal, Mrs. Jane Hippolyte, Dean of the Division of Arts and General Studies, and Mrs. Gloria Severin, a lecturer who worked diligently behind the scenes to organize the event and a few other teachers.

After the march, participants gathered under a majestic and venerable 400-year-old saman tree where a stage had been set up. Ms. Nathalie Fanis, the MC for the event, explained the significance of the International Day of Peace and read an extract of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message.

Mr. Remy Taupier, the Secretary General of UPF-St. Lucia, was invited to address the participants. After reading the UPF statement, he reminded everyone that who we become is greatly influenced by how we are raised. The family is the place where people first learn about conflict resolution, peacemaking, and harmony. The family should be the place where children coming home from school can find relief from the pressures and negative emotions of the day. “Peace starts at home,” he said. Since the audience was students who will likely become parents themselves soon, Mr. Taupier urged them to prepare well in order to build loving homes.

Two students then read poems they had written, after which the principal spoke briefly. Then the choir led everyone in singing: “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

It was a good opportunity for the students to reflect about peace in the nation, especially in the wake of the murder of their colleague Chereece Benoit, a very promising 19-year-old female student, two weeks earlier.

International Day of Peace 2013 from Universal Peace Federation International

If you find this page helpful and informative please consider making donation. Your donation will help Universal Peace Federation (UPF) provide new and improved reports, analysis and publications to you and everyone around the world.

UPF is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and all donations are tax deductible in the United States. Receipts are automatically provided for donations of or above $250.00.

Donate to the Universal Peace Federation: Your donation to support the general programs of UPF.

Donate to the Religious Youth Service (RYS): Your donation will be used for service projects around the world.

Donate to UPF's Africa Projects: Your donation will be used for projects in Africa.

Related Articles

International Women’s Day Celebrated in the United States

United States—Several local chapters of UPF celebrated International Women’s Day in March 2018, highlighting the work of women in different fields of endeavor.

UPF-USA Chapters Celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week

United States—Guests in Utah, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington, DC gather to celebrate diverse religious traditions.

IAPP Launched in Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon—The Lebanese chapter of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) was launched at the Parliament of Lebanon.