Local head teacher receives second Edinburgh Peace Award

By staff writers
27 Aug 2012

David Fleming, recently retired head teacher of Dalry Primary School, has been announced as the second recipient of the Edinburgh Peace Award.

The award, which is co-sponsored by the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, Edinburgh City Council and the Edinburgh Inter-faith Association, marks a particular contribution each year to international understanding and building a culture of peace.

Mr Fleming's school has had as its slogan 'one nation, many clans' and has over 100 flags from across the globe flying on its premises.

In 2011 the award went to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who has worked to develop positive relations between Muslims and the West, and who became well known in relation to plans for a Sufi Community Centre two blocks away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan.

This year the Award committee wished to honour someone local to Edinburgh whose peacebuilding initiative deserved much wider attention.

The Rev Donald Reid, former director of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, who helped inaugurate the prize last year, said that David Fleming was a "shining example" of someone who had helped to build community understanding and peaceful engagement at a local level with international resonances.

Edinburgh City Council representative, Councillor Melanie Main, a Green councillor, also paid warm tribute to the recipient of the Award, and his dedicated work in the local community.

David Fleming said that he was very grateful for the prize, and wished to receive it not just for himself but for all he had worked with at Dalry Primary School.

Raymond Baudon, chair of the board for the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, commented: "As last year was an international recipient we were wanting to honour a local recipient his year. The award is in its early years, but is an important way to honour others who share our vision of a peaceful world and who do extraordinary things to achieve that. We were delighted to honour David Fleming last night."

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