“It is not enough to teach children to read, write and count. We must also teach them respect for others and for the world we live in, and thus promote the creation of more just, more open and more harmonious societies.”
(Ban KI-MOON former General Secretary of the UN)
The 2018 International Lasallian Days for Peace (ILDP) began on the 21st September (the United Nations’ sanctioned International Day of Peace) and will run until the 21st October. This is the 12th time the international Lasallian community has joined together in this way.
In the summer of 2006, a group of 150 Young Lasallians from all over the world gathered in Rome for the 2nd International Symposium of Young Lasallians. They shared an experience of celebration, dialogue and reflection. However, they lived those days with heavy hearts, as they couldn’t stop thinking about the two delegates whose plane never left due to an ongoing war in their country. Toni and Dina, through their absence, became an icon of the broken world that Young Lasallians want to make whole again. Those young people gathered in Rome believed Peace was a possible mission, a shared dream.
Initially ILDP was only an invitation to pray for peace in the world. However with time the International Council of Young Lasallians realised that prayer needed to be complimented with action. More importantly, the organisers recognised that peace, at all levels and in all circles of society, has a very simple, personal and achievable start. It starts with me. It starts with you. It starts within our inner self. We experience it in our families. We shape it at school.