I ECHO the words of Bishop Lunga ka Siboto, Bishop Bethlehem Nopece, Pastor Neville Goldman and Rev Danie Mouton, media spokesman on behalf of the church leaders in the metro and civic society organisations ("Church seeks peace in metro conflict", September 28). 1 Peter 3: 11 instructs us not to merely desire peace, but to pursue it.
It might be an inspiration to these men to know that schools in the metropole are being transformed into more peaceful societies, one school at a time. The South Africa National Peace Project (SANPP, launched in the metropole in July 2010) in partnership with International Teachers without Borders facilitates peace education as ongoing activities in schools. The SANPP is a response to violence and racism in South Africa.
It is also a movement which through fashion has the potential to unite the country under a single symbol and a new culture of peace.
September 21 was International Peace Day, and Woolhope Senior Secondary School in Port Elizabeth and WG Olivier Primary School in Somerset East each planted an olive tree, a symbol of peace, hope and perseverance. The trees were donated by the SANPP.
Patrys Wolmarans, director, South Africa National Peace Project