Peace Channel conducts 14th passion for excellence programme
Dimapur, July 23 (EMN): The Peace Channel organised the 14th Passion for Excellence, an inter-school programme for school students, on July 20 and 21 on the theme “Walk the talk.”
An update from Peace Channel desk informed that the deputy commissioner of Dimapur, Sachin Jaiswal, in his inaugural address, spoke on the importance of young people as catalyst to promote peace in the society and encouraged the students to go beyond their clan, tribe, communities and religions to usher peace in the society. Observing that there is a huge music talent in Nagaland and that public speaking is a major virtue among the youth, Jaiswal urged the students to avoid getting stagnant in the web of nepotism. He also stressed on the importance of forming good habits such as saying “No” to the use of plastics and caring for parents and treating them right.
The director of Peace Channel, Dr. Fr. CP Anto, in his welcome address, underscored the importance of skilling the students for promoting peace. Highlighting the activities of Peace Channel, Fr. Anto said Peace Channel is working tirelessly and plans programmes for the children to educate them for peace building through local, national and international levels.
One of the objectives of Peace Channel, according to Fr. Anto was to create a positive impact in the minds of children and that Peace Channel with 25 schools, 20 women organisations along with other organisational leaders are empowering the youth for dialogue, facilitation and mediation.
“The focus of Peace Channel by the year 2030 is to make Dimapur a model district for peace building,” it informed.
The Peace Channel district coordinator also spoke on the main seven activities of Peace Channel namely institutional based peace building, community-based peace building, environmental peace building, peace building through music and arts, promotion of inter–religious and ecumenical harmony and peace building, research and publication and peace building through social media.
The resource persons for the summer camp included Garrol Lotha, project coordinator of Child Friendly Dimapur AIDA, who spoke on child rights; Alino Chishi, an alumnus of North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR), who introduced Frisbee as a game of peace; and Susan Lotha, projects coordinator and liaison officer for Peace Channel.