Building Peace through Gandhian Values
27 March 2018

Dr. S. Kulandaisamy and his team from the Gandhi Peace Foundation (Jovin/JRS)
The workshop focused on the importance of self-exploration and inner transformation from being peace lovers to becoming peace leaders and educators.

JRS organized a Peace Building workshop, at the AICUF House, Chennai, from 20-22 March 2018. Twenty JRS-TN field and office staff participated in this intensive interactive workshop, conducted Dr. S. Kulandaisamy and his team from the Gandhi Peace Foundation.           

The workshop focused on the importance of self-exploration and inner transformation from being peace lovers to becoming peace leaders and educators.  Based on the ORACLE (Observation, Restraint, Acceptance, Celebration, Love of labor and Evolution) peace formula evolved by Dr. S. Kulandaisamy, the resource team guided the participants in identifying and resolving micro-level conflicts in daily life situations, leading to macro-level reconciliation.  The guide material for the workshop was the manual Gandhian Way to Peace, authored by Dr. S. Kulandaisamy.  The simple, easy to understand lessons outlined in the manual are to be adapted to orient and train the Sri Lankan refugee children, youth, teachers and parents in the camps.  

The participants were engaged in various activities, including games, thematic orations, presentations, skits, quiz sessions and discussions.  This multi-dimensional approach encouraged the participants to critically examine a given conflict situation and evolve a proactive and practical peace building paradigm.  The workshop provided ample space for interaction with one another and skills to evolve creative methods of conflict resolution, free from prejudices.  The participants gained insights and practical skills in the art of becoming motivated and competent peace-educators through an open-minded approach and sustained interactions. 

The workshop also laid emphasis on a developing a positively transformed attitude towards ‘the other’ and a thirst for justice through truth and non-violence.

The resource team appreciated the enthusiastic participation from all the trainees and commended their creativity and comprehension.  As a token of goodwill and partnership, Dr. S. Kulandaisamy gifted the participants with a copy of the training manual, and urged them to reach out creatively in the refugee camps, and to a larger audience through social media.  








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