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Cranes from Buckfast to Hiroshima

RE:connect is an innovative project run by Buckfast Abbey Education Team that encourages young people to think deeply about the world around them through interactive activities and reflections. This year, the project included a section on ‘War and Peace’ that highlighted the touching story of Sadako Sasaki, and invited visitors to fold a paper peace crane to be displayed in the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima.

Each year the Buckfast Abbey Education Team runs a project called RE:connect, specially designed to help young people think more deeply about themselves and the world around them through hands on and thought-provoking activities, exercises and reflections. This year, for the first time, it included a section called ‘War and Peace’. In the Peace Area we focused on the story of Sadako Sasaki – a girl who was a victim of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Sadako is sometimes known as the girl who folded 100 cranes (if you don’t know her story then do look it up as it is very moving). Students and visitors to RE:connect were invited to  fold a paper peace crane and leave it in a basket in the exhibition. We recently collected the Buckfast cranes together and sent them to Hiroshima to be displayed on the actual Children’s Peace Monument.

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