More than 200 children attended the seventh Annual Children Peace festival organized by Caritas Pakistan from May 16 to 18 at Renewal Center, Lahore.
“Spread peace, save the world” and “we want peace” shouted the students from different schools of Punjab province as Caritas Executives led the peace walk around the center. Pigeons were also released at the inauguration ceremony attended by teachers, youth and representatives of social organizations. Several colorful activities, aimed at promoting peace among children, were held in the program. These included awareness seminars, poster making, banner designing, face painting and sports competitions.
Father Francis Gulzar Vicar General Lahore Archdiocese and Father Rafhan Fayyaz Executive Secretary Caritas Pakistan Lahore led the opening mass. “Learn as much as you can and use your time wisely. Love God with your free will,” said Father Francis.
Mr. Amir Anwar National Program Coordinator presented a video documentary on the history of peace festivals. In his address to the gathering, Amjad Gulzar Executive Director Caritas Pakistan urged the youth to work harder.
“During this year of strategic planning, we shall focus more on such activities. This festival will evolve into Children’s assembly. We are trying to create a learning environment for young people,” he said.
“Through our tree plantation campaign, we are promoting a culture of protecting plants. Join us in our mission to save the environment.” Different groups of students displayed their banners and posters the next day. Caritas Executive Secretaries including Mr. Samuel Clement of Caritas Pakistan Multan, Mr. Aneel Mushtaq of Caritas Pakistan Faisalabad and Mr. Mansha Noor of Caritas Pakistan Karachi as well as school principals participated in the panel discussion on “role of youth” in promoting peace. Mr. Amjad announced Multan as the host diocese for 2020 Children Peace Festival. Certificates and awards were distributed among participants at the end of program.