When we ask them to contemplate, to think, and to create their own views about compassion, about humanity, I think it stays with them longer. And it's important to have a different style of education, where we're not telling them what to do. They are telling us what compassion is according to them. So it was very enriching. I think we have learned a lot from the young minds.
—Manju Lodha, artist and teacher
"Peace on Earth" by Senna
"If you help people who are poor it helps build community and it helps other people heal and strengthen their faith," says 11-year old Senna, a student of St. John Brebeuf, whose work is on display at The Art of Compassion
The Compassionate Cities
campaign has taken off in Canada, and an interfaith group in Winnipeg has signed on to bring it to our city.
One of the the results is The Art of Compassion
, an exhibit created by
Winnipeg students in response to the idea of compassion. It features 200 works of
art by students from eight diverse Winnipeg schools.
Isam Aboud, Ray Dirks and Manju Lodha, all of different faith
backgrounds, worked with students to create the exhibit. "Working with
children is rewarding," says Manju Lodha. "It's important to have a different style of education, where we're not telling them what to do. They are telling us what compassion is according to them...I think we have learned a lot from the young minds."
"Peace on Earth" by Claire
"It was amazing. It was a really great experience," enthuses Claire, another St. John Brebeuf student. "I
had a lot of fun. And when they were telling their stories you could
really get some ideas and get where they're coming from."
The exhibition opens with a celebration on February 1
at the Canadian Mennonite University in the Great Hall. The event
features performances of music and dance as well as the launch of the
accompanying book, In the Spirit of Humanity
.More about the Charter for Compassion
"Compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled
humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the
creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community."
So says the
a document encouraging people to put themselves in others' shoes, to
treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. That charter has inspired a movement around the world
that transcends ideological, religious and national differences.