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Webinar on educators as peace builders held

Nagaland News

Dimapur, November 29: Peace Channel – an initiative of Diocese of Kohima in collaboration with North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research successfully completed its series of webinar on the theme, “Peace Training and Skill development” which was on progress from November 25 to 28.

The webinar was a compilation of diverse topic, i.e., Peace Club, Peer Mediation Forum, Peace Forum and The role of Teachers as peace educators. The topics were evenly stressed by different by trainers from different walks of life.
On the preceding day of the webinar the whole session was facilitated by Vitono Haralu, Trainer cum Consultant, Peace Channel. The session began with a short peace meditation initiated by the facilitator, followed by a reflection on the previous day’s session by Alino Chishi, Kohima District Coordinator cum trainer, Peace Channel.
Dr. Deben Sharma, Assistant Professor NEISSR Dimapur, Nagaland during his session shared on ‘Educational Institution as a Place of Peace’. He mainly stressed on three concept in order to make the concept more concrete for the participants. The conceptual areas that he mainly emphasized on were the concept of Institution, Education and the concept of Peace.
Having stressed on the three areas, he enlightened the participants to ponder upon the three concept in relating to their past experiences that each one has undergone during their scholastic days and state whether those bygone days will be stated as a place of peace or not, if not why not and if yes why so? This reflection has led the participants to have a more reflective and an analytical session.
“Role of Teachers in Peace Building” was the subject matter that Rev. Fr. Varghese Alengaden, Founder and Director of Universal Solidarity Movement, Indore focused on.
While addressing the participants, Rev.Fr.Alengaden elucidated that there are number of people in the world who do talk about peace and preach peace, but they do not believe and thus there are lots of conflict.
In the concluding note Dr. Fr. C.P. Anto, Director Peace Channel cum Principal NEISSR, shared on the “Role of Educators in Creating a Culture of Peace” He appreciated the first two presenters and quoted the lines that he learned from Rev. Fr. Varghese Alengaden “We want an education which builds character, increase strength of mind, expands intellect and equips a person to stand on his/her own feet”.
To initiate with his topic he also quoted the lines of Johan Galtung on the understanding of peace, “By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy without violence and creativity a never ending process”.
During his session, he encouraged the educators to capacitate the children to stand on their own feet, empower the children, be a mentor as a peace educator, be a possibility thinker, get in dept by exploring the essence of education, share one’s personal experiences, make teaching their passion rather than just a profession and use creative methods of teaching.
The webinar concluded with feedback and evaluation of the session. The response from the participants were positive and the participants too shared on their personal experiences being an initiator of peace and also shared on their action plans to carry forth the peace mission in their own vicinity.
The preliminary training organized by Peace Channel slatted into 4 different series was attended by around 332 participants. (Page News Service)