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London teacher receives Pax Christi Peace Award

Rachel receives medal from Bishop Malcolm McMahon, National President of Pax Christi

Rachel receives medal from Bishop Malcolm McMahon, National President of Pax Christi

A school teacher from east London has been given the Pax Christi  Peace Award.  Rachel Kane, who is  second-in-charge of the RE department at Our Lady's Convent High School, Amhurst Road, Hackney  has pursued peace issues for the past ten years. The Sixth Form RE curriculum contains a Peace component and Rachel has used this to invite Pax Christi to the school on a number of occasions.

She has championed 'Make Poverty History';  organised a mock UN debate at the school with  Bruce Kent as chair; facilitated war correspondent Stephen Grey to speak on 'The Nature of Modern Warfare'  and introduced the work of 'Justice not Vengeance'. Rachel has  also lead several trips to Russia to enhance international  contacts and overall she has contributed to building a vibrant, caring and egalitarian community at the school.

With the other award winners, from Arundel and Brighton Diocese, Rachel was given a special peace  medal from the Neve Shalom / Wahat al Salam Jewish/Arab project in Israel.  The Pax Christi Peace Award, given at the Pax Christi AGM in May,  was introduced in 2003 to recognise grass roots and community approaches to peace work in the UK.