Year 9 Fairholme Student Mahsa Nabizada will travel with Year 11 student Lashmi Gandu to the World Peace Conference in Wales and France this October. Both girls are members of the Toowoomba Youth Peace Group of the Pure Land Learning College.

They will present a paper in Europe, highlighting their work to build a city that promotes peace. “We all met at a conference at Pureland Learning and now Lakshmi and I, along with another girl in Year 11 at Centenary Heights, will head to Europe together,” said Mahsa. The students’ first presentation will be in Wales before they head to Paris for a three-day UNESCO conference. “We will go to a University and will present our paper, and then spend some time observing before we head to Paris,” they said. “The aim of going to Paris is to show that Toowoomba is a model city of peace and harmony.”

Mahsa and Lakshmi have been meeting with other youth members regularly in Toowoomba to discuss ways to break down barriers and better understand each religion and culture. “I think it’s important that as youth we remain positive and Toowoomba is a wonderful model, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” Lakshmi said. The young peace keepers will depart on their mission on October 1

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