Dimapur, March 1: Peace Channel officially launched 2030 Campaign on March 1 at North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) Conference Hall on the theme “Peace to All” during a training programme for the teachers, religious and community leaders, volunteers and professionals. They are trained as a model to intervene and resolve conflict. The campaign was officially launched with the series of agendas–To make Nagaland a peaceful state in the global map; To work for peace in different sectors (Educational Institutions, Different Organizations, Communities) and be a messenger of peace; To conduct Training on ‘Call for Peace’ and be partners of peace; and to be a peace builder and contribute towards a peaceful society
During the training programme Dr. Fr C P Anto, Director, Peace Channel started by quoting Alvin Toffler, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot Learn, Re-learn and unlearn”.
He began the session on “Peer Mediation” with a demonstration on conceptual structure of the society that depicts the present scenario of Nagaland which made the participants to analyze further. Emphasizing on the topic, he also shared about the objectives, process, principles and effective ways to solve problems through peer mediation.
He stressed on the development of the youth and children in different institutions, to empower them to be Peace makers and train them to manage conflict constructively to solve their own problems and regulate their own and their classmates’ behavior.
Dr. Deben Bachaspatimayum, Assistant Professor of North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR), was the trainer for the programme. He stressed on “Dialogue” as the skills of peace building. The session was initiated with a role play enacted by students of NEISSR. The message that was delivered through the act was that we are all living in a society where one does not have any rights to raise their voice against humanity.
He also explained on the difference between Dialogue and Conversation and how one can effectively paraphrase the communication by changing the negative content that can lead to conflict and make a peaceful conversation.
Stressing on the topic he also shared about listening and paraphrasing as a component for effective dialogue.
The programme concluded with an evaluation where the participants shared their views on the importance of Dialogue and Peer Mediation as a process of peace building.
Some of the suggestions from the participants are: One should learn how to communicate constructively in order to prevent miscommunication or hurting the emotions of others; One should be responsible to promote peace in the society for a peaceful co-existence; and To transcend oneself form sub tribe to create an identity as a whole for humanity by practicing non-discriminatory or non-judgmental approach.
(Page News Service)