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Too much negativity in society, difficult for people to grow’

By EMN Updated: Feb 23, 2020 11:10 pm

Dimapur, Feb. 23 (EMN): The condition of the society has become such that it is rife with criticism because of which people find it difficult to grow. This was one of the points of discussions during a programme on peace building that was conducted by a local group the Peace Channel in Wokha.

The Wokha unit of the Peace Channel conducted a programme on peace building with the Wokha Nkonjan Pastor Ekhumkho Kumshum (WNPEK), a group of pastors, consisting of eight village pastors who represented in the programme on February 18 at Wokha village.

The organisation issued a press release on Sunday information about the programme. The event focused on the various aspects of dialogue and peer mediation, updates stated.

Another session on peer mediation was held on February 21, updates stated. A workshop on dialogue with youth peer mediation member was held on February 22 in Wokha, updates stated.

Speaking during the occasion, the event’s speaker the coordinator of Peace Channel for Wokha Vincent Kikon urged and challenged the participants to work selflessly in building peace in the society “which begins from oneself, to family and to the society generally,” the updates stated.

‘The social conditions have become fixated with much criticism where an individual finds it difficult and challenging to grow with so much negativity. Loss of our rich cultural heritage is one of the reasons behind social commotions which inevitably begin from oneself,’ he told the gathering.

Bikhamo Yanthan, pastor of Humtso Baptist Church, spoke about the ‘social perspectives of peace building relating to the ground reality of economic difficulties which disrupt individuals and later the society.’

During the programme, the participants give their opinions on the concept of peace mostly on biblical teachings, updates stated. Kikon exhorted the participants to look into the individual and to ask themselves the question about what kind of faith they have and what kind of people of faith they are.

Further, a ‘peer mediation programme’ was conducted with women leaders focusing on community peace building through the participation of women in conflict intervention activities.

The resource person Kikon spoke about the advantages of peer mediation in community conflicts that not only specifies on the area but also brings benefits to the family.

‘Women are blessed with an ability which men cannot justify this gift most particularly in conflict interventions,’ he said. Telling the gathering that it may be considered a positive way of conflict intervention, the speaker urged the participants to make use of the unique ability of believing in oneself, advocating and engaging with one another and working together to make the community a peaceful environment in general and individual in particular.’

Another programme, ‘youth peer mediation,’ was conducted with special focus on responsibility taking, problem solving with special preference on ‘dialogue’, and challenges that youths face today, the updates stated.

Also in the event, Kikon was the resource person. He gave a discourse about the ways and possibilities of overcoming challenges, the ‘techniques of asking the right question in conflict intervention’ and the ‘ability, the duty and the character that an individual should possess to be a responsible individual.’

C Nzanthung Tungoe a youth from Mt. Tiyi College spoke about the ‘core duties,’ which the updates stated ‘an individual should practice to bring peace in different aspects of the society.’ He was stated to have urged the participants to have the courage to education oneself in the first place and to educate others.

They can educate others in the good values that have been learned to create positive change and a peaceful environment in the future, the updates stated.

By EMN Updated: Feb 23, 2020 11:10:29 pm