Posted: April 11th, 2006 Filled in: International work - past
Above is a trailer from a documentary film entitled "Hope for the Future" which chronicles the trip made by members of SFTP to Serbia in March of 2005.
Students for Teaching Peace” is a coalition of NS high school students who are keenly committed to being globally aware and socially engaged. These students became motivated to “do something” after watching the documentary film “Teaching Peace in a Time of War.” They participated in a youth-led conference in Serbia in March, 2005 and now wish to remain actively engaged in their own communities in promoting peace through education, awareness and social engagement. As youth become more socially engaged, the potential for involvement in crime decreases. In March of 2006, members of SFTP spent ten days in Northern Ireland together with ten students from Saint Mary’s University.
Here is what students at Hants East Rural High had to say about Hope for the Future:
"I think this film is important because these high school students showed that they really care. It helped make the Serbia kids feel a bit better because they now know there are people out there who do care." – Brad H
"I originally went on the film trip just to get out of school, because I really didn’t know what we were going to see. When I saw the film, I was amazed. It was so powerful. It really makes you feel like you can make a difference in the world." – Matt P
"This movie was very inspiring, I hope I am able to do something like this before I graduate. I was surprised about the rough conditions the cities are still in. I was honoured to actually meet the people who made the film at the screening. This video should be shown to as many people as possible. It may help rid the world of war and get people focused on rebuilding the world." – Ben D
"One of the more amazing pieces of film I’ve ever experienced. I wasn’t at all expecting it, and it affected me in an oddly powerful way. I even cried. I’d love to have the opportunity to do the same thing, and eventually I’m going to make sure I do." – Kaitlin H
"There IS hope for the future. I thought what the filmmakers did was very respectable and the fact that they actually gathered the funds and took time to visit Serbia shows just how dedicated to peace they are." – Zach L
"This video was a real eye-opener to what life is like in war-torn countries like Serbia. It was also quite powerful to hear about the NATO bombings from their perspective. It’s good to know there’s still people around willing to try and make a difference." – Randall A
"This film was very moving and brought out many emotions. I really wish that our school will someday have the opportunity to organize a trip like this and make an amazing documentary. It would be a life-changing experience, as I’m sure it was for the filmmakers of Hope for the Future. I’m glad that I had the chance to watch this film." – Jill T
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