In the words of the great non violence role model, MK Gandhi, “If we want to reach real peace in this world, we should start educating children.”
While planting a tree we put a lot of care, from soaking the roots to digging a hole and to watering it. In order for the tree to grow healthy and strong, there is a lot of work to aid the growth so that when it grows old, we could breathe fresh air, and have a beautifully green home for everyone. Now, let’s imagine that just like trees children are the root for having a peaceful and inclusive tomorrow, and therefore, the responsibility entrusts upon us to invest our time and knowledge in their growth. As part of our non-violence program with children, the primary focus has been to equip them with the skills to manage conflict through reading human emotions and understanding the need for it, build healthy self-esteem, learn how to take stand against violence and act in a peaceful and non-violent manner and these values are facilitated through interaction, creative expression, discussion and brainstorming based techniques, and we have so far trained 400 students from underprivileged communities in the region. As we embark on our journey to having the holistic and inclusive wellbeing of people, I urge everyone to join hands and stand united and committed in our endeavors to achieve peace and harmony.