Saddleworth School has become the first secondary school in Oldham to sign the Pledge to Peace and the first signatory of the new year.
The signing took place on January 17, 2017 in the presence of Oldham’s Mayor of Peace, Cllr Derek Heffernan, and representatives from the Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum.
The Pledge to Peace was launched in the European Parliament in Brussels in November 2011 and encourages civic organisations to help create a ‘culture of peace’ across Europe by carrying out actions for peace in their own community.
Saddleworth School has joined almost forty local and national organisations that have signed the Pledge and have become affiliates to the Oldham Forum.
The signing event was organised by Jenni Roskin, a member of the teaching staff.
She said: “Saddleworth School are very proud to have become the first secondary school in Oldham to sign the Pledge for Peace.
“Some of our Peer Mentors in years 9 and 10 along with governors and headteacher Mr Milburn joined The Mayor of Oldham and representatives from the Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum to officiate our pledge.
“We now look forward to launching projects within school to spread and promote peace amongst our community.”
Richard Outram, Secretary of the Pledge to Peace Forum, said: “We were delighted to welcome Saddleworth School into the fold as the latest signatory to the Pledge.
“The enthusiasm of the students, teachers and governors was self-evident and we look forward to working with them on some exciting projects for peace in the coming year.
“Sixteen local schools and colleges have signed the Pledge so far or are working to do so in the very near future.
“Our aspiration is simple – to sign up as many schools as is possible to the Pledge as part of our ongoing work to make Oldham a borough of peace.”
More information about the Pledge can be found at http://www.pledgetopeace.eu/