The horrors of war are never too far away

THE Centenary of Anzac Ipswich Schools Awards provides a great incentive for young people to delve into the history of the First World War (see today's page 3 story).

As we mark 100 years since the start of the war, children in grades 6 and 10 across Ipswich will be invited to produce poetry, art and essays as part of a team effort to express what was going on during that tumultuous time in our past.

The competition, which offers cash prizes to the winning students, will run for the next four years as part of the city's wider Centenary of Anzac celebrations.

With the last of our First World War diggers long gone, the role of history books is vital in ensuring the lessons of those many bloody battles are not lost on our younger generations.

Learning about past conflicts can not only give students a better understanding of the world, but can also provide a bit of context, in terms of how lucky they are to live in the society they live in today.

As we mourn the needless loss of life on a daily basis as a result of the present conflict in Gaza - or the senseless shooting down of a passenger jet over Ukraine - we are reminded that the horrors of war are never too far away.

We also live in hope that the next generation might be a little bit smarter than those who have been and gone, and will be able to learn from the lessons of the past.


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