Peace Channel organizes Summer Camp


Dimapur, July 5: The Peace Channel, Dimapur organized its 4th Summer Camp at DBIDL Hall, Don Bosco Campus, Dimapur from July 2 to 4 on the theme, “Transformed by Peace to transform the World,” in collaboration with NEI- Action Desk-NCCI and DAN with an objectives to make the peace club members to understand the concept of peace, conflict, Peace building, Peace Education and Youth as a peace builders in the Society.
Altogether 120 students along with 8 teachers animators from different Institution actively participated for the programme. The students were capacitated on Emotional Handling Skills, Leadership Skills, Peer Mediation, Inner Peace, Human Rights, and Peace through Music.
Speaking on the occasion Peace Activist, Garrol Lotha capacitated the students on Peer Mediation stating that Peer Mediation is a process of intervening in a conflict situation by the student to resolve student issues as a third neutral party. She also stressed on the need of peer mediation in the school settings which will help the students to resolve issues among themselves.
She also mentioned the qualities and skills needed to be a good Mediator which includes good communication skills, respect for the peers, confidentiality, empathy, leadership potentials and willingness to receive feedbacks.
Peace Activist, Patrick Tungoe also stated that Peer Mediation is a process of students solving problems in the institutes.
Tungoe further elucidated that to be a mediator one should always try to get each side of the story, set ground rules before mediation, elicited the feelings from both-sides, brainstorming solutions, compromising to make an agreement and signing an agreement.
He also mentioned the kinds of disputes where the students can mediate which includes misunderstandings between students, teasing or name-calling, relationship arguments, accusations of theft or destruction of property, rumors and/or fights between groups.
Tungoe further urged the students to follow the Four Basic Principles being a mediator by maintaining neutrality, self-determination, confidentiality and voluntary consent.
Liangamang Robert addressed the students stating that leadership is the ability to translate unlimited potentials into desired results where one has to become leader of oneself first. Leadership is very common but it is important how one performs it.
Emphasizing on inclusive leadership he stated that leadership can also be a source of violence and conflict. He also mentioned that the characteristics of leadership are not – position, title and personal attributes rather leadership means being calm, confident, courageous and consistent.
He further urged the participants to become true leaders by first leading oneself in the right direction and encouraged the members to possess the qualities of calmness, confidence, courageous and consistent. Further, he encouraged the participants to acquire the skill of Delegation, Empathy, Resilience, Attitude, Transparency, and Commitment he further encouraged the participants to be leaders for change.
Kishor Das stated that human rights are essentially an integral part of human life since the possession of these rights distinguished human beings from other living beings. He also mentioned some of the rights which are essential for the dignified human existence, i.e., the right to have basic needs like food, clothing, shelter and medical care and rights which are essential for the adequate development of human personality such as right to education, right to freedom of culture, the right to freedom of speech and expression and the right to free movement all come under the domain of human rights.
Kishor elucidated that when rights are restricted human rights are violated which leads to violence and bloodshed. He stressed on safeguarding human rights indicating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights urging the participants to recognize the inherent dignity and equal inalienable rights of all members of human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
Later he concluded his session by urging the participants to respect everyone irrespective of caste, color, gender, tribe or background and encouraged the youth to promote peace and human rights as peace club member and set an example for others.
The 3 days summer camp includes, peace through music, peace concert, talent hunt, peace anthem competition, meditation, inner peace, emotion management skills session, peer mediation, peace celebration and icebreaking games, group activities. The programme ended with a valedictory session. (Page News Service)