Thursday, 08 October 2015 05:40

Flowers for Freedom – Magna Carta 1215 – 2015

The project Flowers for Freedom is part of the programme of activities and events to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215 by King John of England. This document has come to stand as an iconic symbol of rights and justice and freedom.

In recognition of its importance, Magna Carta was inscribed on the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ register in 2009. Salisbury Cathedral is privileged to own the best preserved of four surviving original copies of Magna Carta. Other Copies are held by the British Library and Lincoln Cathedral.  

Flowers for Freedom is about engaging primary or secondary schools from right across the Commonwealth and asking the children and young people or their teachers to nominate the flower which to them represents who they are and their values and their thoughts on freedom and justice. The aim of this project is to raise the profile of the Commonwealth and to encourage everyone to talk about and reflect on our shared values and how Magna Carta’s ideal can unite us all.

Aspire British School took part on the project representing Cyprus choosing Cyclamen to express our values and thoughts on freedom and justice. Cyprus cyclamen looks delicate and fragile like and orchid or a lily but it is a perennial.

This flower represents the history of Cyprus:

Cyprus has been invaded and occupied by many different countries because of its beauty, natural wildlife and fauna and resources such as cooper but it always stands firm and the people always fight for independence and to keep their traditions and Cypriot way of lifestyle. This also mirrors the ideas of the Magna Carta when the people stood up for their rights. 

Our project was sent in the UK to represent Cyprus together with other projects from many different countries all over the world.