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6TH NE YOUTH PEACE AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN DIMAPUR

6TH NE YOUTH PEACE AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL WILL BE  HELD IN DIMAPUR
Peace Channel in its endeavour to create cultural awareness, prevent future conflicts and build the potentials and capacities for youth peace building and create networks for peace builders,  the 6th North East youth peace and cultural festival would be held from 20 to 23 September 2013 at Holy Cross Higher SecondarySchool Dimapur on the theme “Peace building through reconciliation”. This annual event is to commemorate the International Day of Peace and the foundation day of Peace Channel and People’s Forum for Peace (PFP).

The inaugural function on 21st  September, at 10 a.m would be graced by Shri. Merentoshi R. Jamir, minister for Youth Resources and Sports, Govt of Nagaland as chief guest. The participation of various religious
leaders, public leaders including Pastors Fellowship Dimapur, Naga Council Dimapur, Naga Women Hoho Dimapur would make the day more meaningful. Shri. Niketu Iralu, Trustee Initiative of Change India, will be the main speaker on the theme “ The need of Peace Building”. In the evening  the Mr. & Miss PC contest and cultural fiesta l will be graced by Prof. A. Lanunungsang Ao, Pro Vice Chancellor, NU Kohima Campus as chief guest while Dr. Vipralhou Kesiezie, Director, SCERT will speak on “Role of youth in building peace in NE”. Some of the attractions of the day include Peace Rally, extempore speech competition.
The valedictory function and Peace Award ceremony on 22 September, at 2.30 p.m will be graced by Hushili Sema IAS, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur as chief guest and Geoffrey Yaden, Editor, Nagaland Post and
Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Nagaland as guests of honour.  The morning session on 22 September will be held with Rev. Dr. Wati Aier, convenor, Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) as speaker. He
will speak on “Peace building through reconciliation”. The day will also be marked with inter-religious prayer meet, career guidance, and cultural fiesta & concert for peace.
The three-day event will enable integration through inter-faith, inter-cultural interaction and sharing, facilitate through input sessions, and inculcate peace in the hearts and minds of the participants. The Peace Channel and PFP is expecting around 700-800 delegates from Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Agarthala, Meghalaya and Manipur. The three days programme is jointly hosted by Peace Channel and PFP and powered by State Bank of India, World Vision, NEDSF and IGSSS.

Peace Channel Family.

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Peace Education Resources: Peace and Education Working Group Report

In recent years the Peace and Education Working Group has focused on collecting and sharing resources for teaching about peace, conflict, and violence. We have done so by developing the Educational Resources section of the Division 48 Web site, by using a moderated listserv, and by organizing programs for APA conventions. You are invited to visit the Educational Resources of our Web site at http://www.peacepsych.org/peace-education.htm. There you will find syllabi developed by leaders in peace psychology, suggestions for teaching about peace, Power Point presentations, lecture outlines, classroom activities, and other resources concerning peace education. We are constantly looking for new materials; so if you have developed something that may be useful for peace educators, please send that to me for our consideration.

I moderate a peace education listserv that sends information about peace education resources to members of the list about 2-3 times a month. Please contact me if you would like to be added to this listserv. The following section of this report provides examples of listserv announcements that were sent to members in recent months.

Recent Listserv Announcements

Pillars of Peace

A new report (9/10/2013) from the Institute for Economics and Peace may be of interest to peace educators. It might be particularly useful as a resource for university teachers and students. The 63-page report, “Pillars of Peace,” may be downloaded as a free pdf at <http://visionofhumanity.org/#page/news/693>.

The following is a description of the report from page 1 of the Executive
Summary: “The Pillars of Peace is a new conceptual framework for understanding and describing the factors that create peaceful societies. This framework defines the national characteristics which are most closely associated with peace and has been derived from a process of statistical analysis.”

Peace Studies Programs

Forwarded message from David Smith: In an effort to assist educators who are advising students on programmatic options I have created on my blog 2 pages that might be useful.

1. Online Guide to Peace and Conflict Studies Programs (undergraduate and graduate)
This is a list of online links to undergraduate and graduate peace and conflict programmatic listings. If you are aware of any guides that I have missed, please let me know. http://davidjsmithblog.wordpress.com/online-guides-to-peace-studies-and-conflict-resolution-programs-undergraduate-and-graduate/

2. North American Community College Peace and Conflict Studies Programs and Initiatives
This list consists of 27 Canadian and U.S. community colleges that are supporting peace and conflict resolution programs with links.http://davidjsmithblog.wordpress.com/north-american-community-college-peace-and-conflict-programs-and-initiatives/

Violence Prevention Manual

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) announces the release of Human Total: A Violence Prevention Learning Resource. “Adolescence is an ideal time to promote attitudes and behaviors that prevent interpersonal violence. Human Total is the first resource to blend life skills with human rights education” says HREA’s Founder and Senior Advisor, Felisa Tibbitts, who helped prepare the pilot draft of the manual.

Human Total will be a vital resource for students, educators and parents. Targeted towards young people between the ages of 10 and 14, the manual helps learners understand attitudes that promote violent behavior. Human Total contains 32 adaptable lesson plans, including ways to recognize and understand violence in social contexts and techniques for minimizing violence through education about human rights and active participation in the community. The manual also features a note for facilitators on how to use it, tools for outreach to parents and guardians, recommendations for additional resources, and eight annexes with supplemental information. The resource was piloted in El Salvador and Kenya.

Human Total: A Violence Prevention Learning Resource is currently available in English (PDF) and will soon be available in Spanish as well. It is available at:
http://www.hrea.org/resource.php?doc_id=2155/>.

Conflict Resolution Education

A number of free resources are available from the Global Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College:

For three policy meeting reports in Conflict Resolution Education, Social and Emotional Learning, Civic Education and Democracy Education, just click on the reports from 2007, 2009, and 2010 available on the left side of the page at: <http://www.creducation.org/cre/global_cre>. Also on the left of that page are the links to Power Points and summaries from the last 6 International Conferences on Conflict Resolution Education we hosted? Interested in the Northeast Ohio Juvenile Corrections Officer (JCO) 120-hour curriculum, 32 hours of which are in conflict management that we coordinated? Access it free here:
http://www.creducation.org/cre/jdo/

Want to access the “How to manual for colleges developing peace and conflict studies programs” that we co-developed? You can access the sample documents and resources from colleges across the U.S. The page was updated in early August with additional resources from the June 2013 Seminar for colleges and universities developing peace and conflict studies programs that was hosted by our Center in collaboration with David Smith of George Mason University. Click here for the sample syllabi, market surveys, etc.: http://www.creducation.org/cre/policymakers_and_admins/peace_studies_at_community_colleges

New Projects

The Peace and Education Working Group welcomes suggestions for new projects that apply peace psychology for educating people to be peaceful. Of course, we are equally interested in finding volunteers to lead and participate in any such projects. One recent suggestion is the possibility of contributing to public education about peace, conflict, and violence by developing Wikipedia pages and Wikiversity courses on peace psychology and peace psychology topics. Wikipedia does not currently have a page on peace psychology, and Wikiversity does not have a course on peace psychology. If you are interested in joining with others in the working group to create materials for these online resources, please contact me at llnelson@calpoly.edu

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Brief Report on Peace Education in Germany by Peter Becker, IALANA and Foundation for Peace Education

Click here to access the Report:

brief report on peace education in Germany

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ARDE Flash – ARDE (Association for Reconciliation and Development through English) (Burundi)

The newsletter in both French and English provides updates on activities organized to gather and exchange on subjects about reconciliation, peace and development.

For the French version click here:

ARDE-FLASH-N∞ 003 Fevrier 2013 version franÁaise

For the English version click here:

ARDE FLASH N∞ 003 February 2013 ENGLISH VERSION

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The Peace Project: Peace Education through English and Job Skills in Rural Nicaragua

The Peace Project: Peace Education through English and Job Skills in Rural Nicaragua

The community of Laguna de Apoyo is unique in that it resides at the bottom of a volcanic crater beside a thermally vented lake, but is not unlike other rural Nicaraguan towns in that many of its residents can’t read, many mothers silently suffer from domestic violence/abuse, and many fathers are absent, cheating, or abuse alcohol.  The children here have few educational resources and opportunities, but are bursting with energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity.

In Aug 2011 when 3 idealistic University of Maryland alumni arrived in Laguna de Apoyo and asked the community how they could help, the response was unanimous: teach the children. Parents specifically requested English education, which could help their children eventually secure some of the only stable, well-paying jobs in the community. But as the English teachers politely turned down the rulers offered as disciplinary tools on their first day of class, the project’s focus began to emerge.

One aspect of The Peace Project’s mission is to offer English language instruction and reinforce the local educational efforts in order to expand future job opportunities.  But the project also strives to create a culture of peaceful conflict resolution and positive communication as well as develop a greater awareness and open-mindedness of new ideas and cultures.  Two full-time directors and a consistent flow of excellent volunteers offer English classes, tutoring, computer classes, and afterschool activities to about 50 elementary school children (so far…) who live in the Laguna.

Woven throughout all the activities are opportunities to learn and practice peace with oneself, with others, and with the world around us.  English classes are frequently “interrupted” to peer mediate, intervene in bullying, or discuss littering. The vision is that these students will learn the skills they will need to secure good jobs to support themselves and their families, and the skills they can use to be positive leaders and influences in their families and communities. Find out more at thepeaceprojectnicaragua.org.

 


 

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Commemoration of Human Rights Day by Peace Channel (India)

Commemoration of Human Rights Day by Peace Channel

 

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Peace Channel family commemorated ‘Human rights Day and had Interfaith Prayer for Peace’ with a theme “Respect for Girl Child Rights” on 8th December 2012 at Holy Cross auditorium Hall, Dimapur.  There were all togather 200 Peace Club members and teachers from different educational institutions in  and around Dimapur, religious leaders and head of the various institutions participated in the program. Invocation prayer was led by Rev. Kari Longchar.  Rev. Fr. CP Anto, Director Peace Channel during his keynote address set the objectives of the meeting and welcomed the Religious leaders, teachers, invitees and the peace club members.  The purpose of coming together is to celebrate the girl child day in view of the Human Rights Day of Celebration. Another objectives were to pray for immediate solution of Naga Issue To commemorate the girl child day and see what is happening to their lives in Nagaland, to facilitate our teacher coordinators and other important persons who have been working for peace, to find out their issues and problems and find recommendations to protect and respect girl children in our state and country. While addressing he said that youth are the most powerful section of the society and can change the whole society into a better place where we can live in Peace and harmony, he called the youth to work together hand in hand to build the society a better place to  live.

 

Smt. Bokali Mughavi, Director Transnational Humanitarian Advocacy Alliance addressing the event as the resource person that according to the International Labor Organization (ILO) report more than 100 million girl children are working as child labor. She stated that, discrimination on girl child labor depend on different culture with various abuses like abortion of girl fetus, female genital, mutilation, child labor, child trafficking, sexual exploitation, prostitution, child marriage, girl child mostly denied in education, inheritance which are physical, emotional, economical, social abuses. Human rights are universal rights and girl children are to be paid more attention for protection. She too requested everyone to be ready for protection and speak of right. While delivering her speech, she cited an example of Finland and Sweden that are known as peaceful nation because they give lot of empowerment to women like domestic helper/baby sitter who are well regarded and well paid.

The program was chaired by Adahe Neli, Program Manager of Peace Channel and while delivering the message of Christmas Dr. Cho-o, Lecturer of Oriental Theological Seminary said that today the event is commercialized but it should the time for worship, prayer and offer; much more it is a reason for peace. Meanwhile candle light prayer was led by Pastor Tohovi Achumi, Peace Channel Band and students of King David and St. Paul Higher Secondary School, Dimapur presented songs. The program was concluded with vote of thanks and Peace Pledge and Peace Anthem.

 

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“The progress and Perspective of Peace Education in Armenia” – Women for Development (Armenia)

“The progress and Perspective of Peace Education in Armenia”

 

During the past several years local and international organizations in partnership with the National Institute of Education of the RA Ministry of Education and Science have been working on integrating the ideas of peace, conflict resolution and tolerance in the curriculum of schools.

The NGO Women for Development /www.wfd.am / based in Gyumri Armenia has been implementing the project “Peace and Conflict Resolution Education in Schools” since 2002 with the financial support of EED Germany. The project initiated in schools of Gyumri, and now involves the entire territory of Armenia. The main objective of the project has been formation of the ideas of peace culture and conflict resolution among teachers and schoolchildren.

Initially, Peace Education Centers were established in 16 schools of Shirak region and Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute. The classes in the Centers have been conducted based on the “Peace and Conflict Resolution Education in Schools” methodological handbook (42 lessons), which has been developed in collaboration with the specialists from the National Institute of Education. At that stage, the peace lessons at the Peace Education Centers were conducted by the specialists of the NGO WFD and selective teachers from each school.

Starting from 2011, the “Peace and Conflict Resolution Education in Schools” project is being implemented in 11 provinces throughout Armenia. A modified practical guide for teachers “Conflict Peaceful resolution Education in Schools” (2012) was developed and published based on the methodological handbook, which consists of 2 parts. The first part includes 5 topics: What is conflict? Conflict Escalation; Behavior Styles in Conflict Situations; Conflict Peaceful Resolution Skills; Principles and Methods of Conflict Peaceful Resolution; Summarizing the topic “Conflict Management”- Alternative Teaching Method. The second part is presenting selected most successful examples of Peace Education lessons provided by different teachers from schools of Gyumri (2009-2010).

As for December 2012, the Peace Education lessons will have reached out to more than 200 schools, around 800 class head teachers and more than 16200 schoolchildren of 11-15 ages from 11 provinces of Armenia.

 

The project is currently being implemented in the provinces with the support of all heads and specialists of the regional branches of the National Institute of Education, who conduct the training of teachers together with WFD specialists, after receiving corresponding training. They also coordinate the process of project integration in 5 schools in each province and will implement on-spot monitoring. The main approach is the following: trained teachers/class heads will conduct conflict resolution education lessons, which will contribute to creation of peaceful environment in their respective classrooms and schools. The teachers receive a teacher’s guidebook and necessary supporting materials, which have been developed by the NGO WFD and the National Institute of Education in order to carry out the peace lessons. The main result anticipated by the end of the project is more than 20% decrease in cases of violence in schools.

 

Taking into consideration the accomplishments during previous years of the project implementation and cooperation with the regional branches of the National Institute of Education of the Ministry of Education and Science, we are assured that it will be possible to integrate peace education in all about 1500 schools of Armenia in the coming years.

 

 

Dr. Gohar Markosyan,

President, NGO Women for Development

LLM, Manushak Aslanyan

Head of Human Rights Department, NGO Women for Development

Shahinyan 6a st, Apt 16 3118 Gyumri, Armenia

goharmarkosyan@yahoo.com , manush.ak@hotmail.com

www.wfd.am

 

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Youth need to take responsibility to build peace in Nagaland (India)

 

While addressing the Peace Rally on 19th May 2012, at DonBosco Hr.Sec.School Wokha Shri.Shaying Sheu, EAC of Wokha exhorted the youth to take responsibility to build peace in the present conflict situation. He appreciated the initiative of Peace Channel reaching out to Wokha at this crucial moment, where everyone is longing for peace and peacefulsettlement of the issues faced by the people of the district. This gatheing certainly  creating awareness and giving the youth a big opportunity to take part in such  programme. We all love peace but there are very few take the responsibility to build peace. Recalling the contribution of Tagore he said that R.Tagore was a peace activist and promoted peace through his literature. Today in our society we lack peace, and there are very few peace builders. Due to the conflict situation prevails in the district the students and the youth can’t concentrate nd study, there is no development. He also elaborated on the types of peace namely the external and internal peace. While expounding on the Biblical perceptive he quoted Mt:5;9, “Blessed are those who make peace they shall be called the children of God”.

The programme was organized by Peace Channel, in collaboration with the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC). Rev.Fr. C.P.Anto, the Director of Peace Channel in his key note address , quoting Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s famous peom ” Where the Mind Is without Fear” he said we all need to be free from fear. In order to live in peace and harmony we need to reconcile with each other. Reconciliation leads to peace and peace leads to development, growth and prosperity. We all need to go beyond the narrow walls of tribalism to embrace universal brotherhood. He also explained the goal and objectives of the  programme. The goal of the commemoration was to ‘Enhance the awareness on the Contribution of Rabindranath Tagore and empower the youth to appreciate the role of literature and culture in Peace Building and Holistic Development’. The main objective was to provide a platform for budding youngsters to showcase their talent in literary vocation and build our future leaders of our society.

Mr.Yanpothung Ezung, Research Scholar was the guest speaker. In his message he elucidated the contribution of Gurudev Rabindranath  Tagore as a prophet of peace. He was Indias’ peace envoy and outlined a vision of humanism and unity of mankind. Rev.Fr.C.J.Mathew SDB, the principal of the Donbosco Hr.Sec.School in his message he asked the youth to lead a God centered life in order to experience lasting peace in our life.

The winners of Literary Competitions on Recitation of Poem by Tagore’, the first prize was awarded to Ms.Erenbeni of A.G.High School, Second to Bideno of Mt.Carmel School and the third prize was conferred to Mhonbeni L.M.School Wokha respectively. Then writing Poem on ‘Peace’ the first prize was won by Mhabemo T.Lotha from LMS, the second prize was given to Noyingbeni Shiriti of SMB and the third prize was won by Bichamo Kikon D.B.H.S.S. Then  the speech Competition on ‘Rabindranath Tagore – as the Prophet of Peace’, the first prize was won by Senchumbeni from Mt.Carmel, Second prize was given to Khalida Begum of C.M.H.S and the third prize was conferred to Jenifer of A.G.School Wokha. Rev.Fr.Anto Tharakan SDB did the invocation, Mr.Wobenthung Lawrence Project Manager of Peace Channel welcomed the gathering and Mr.Thungdemo was the Master of Ceremony, Ms.Cynthia Lotha Wokha district animator of the movement proposed vote of Thanks . The Cultural Extravaganza, Peace Band Performance and Peace Rally added colour to the event. Over 1000 youth and students from ten schools and organizations participated in the event.

Peace Channel Desk

 

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Children of the Earth (COE) Togo organizes educational activities for children on culture and peace (April 23-30, 2012)

 

Report

 

CHILDREN OF EARTH TOGO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SCHOOL ORGANIZED

EDUCATION AND CULTURE MOMENT FOR ONE WEEK.

 

Date: 23-30 April 2012

Hour: 15h at 17h GMT

 

TOPIC: CULTURE AND PEACE

 

THE ACTIVITIES: * Culture * Education

 

Description of activities

-Education

Training Workshop: Samuel AYIVI COE Chapter Leader and Ablam Amouzouvi

COE Member Togo

 

-How to maintain our culture?

-The Love of cultures

-How through culture we can keep the peace?

-Ambassador of Peace

-Music

 

We have spent quality time with the students including Children and Youth and adults as teachers.

We then reached over 950 students and are very happy because all the courses and demonstrations on culture and peace and love was well conducted and many students, parents who are attending, professors have a commitment to safeguard peace and share with others.

Here are some photos for activities.

More than 5 schools remember our request is to say the same to come organize programs for their students, so we ask you. We ask you to pray for us to find the financial and material means to do so.

Who we find the financial and material resources to organize its activities? We the members of COE-TOGO we make individual contributions. We appeal to all members and friends of the COE to participate in this contribution. If we can have some money we’ll make yet another program with students.

NB: Its moments are a great way to reach many people.

The numbers of ambassador to Togo augment and increase peace in the world.

 

The work is great in Togo but the worker can sound. I and everyone agree to go and share the messages of peace and conflict resolution where the need is.

 

 

Samuel AYIVI

COE Chapter Leader TOGO

 

 

Nous avons passé des bons moments avec les étudiants y compris les Enfants et Jeunes et les adultes aussi les professeurs. Nous avons puis touché plus de 950 étudiants et sommes très heureux car  tout les cours et démonstrations sur la paix et l’amour s’est bien dérouler et beaucoup des étudiants, parents qui on assister, professeures se sont engager à sauvegarder la paix et le partager aux autres.

Voici quelque photo des activités.

Plus de 5 écoles demande notre souvient c’est dire de venir organiser les même programmes pour leur étudiants, donc nous vous demandons. Nous vous demandons de prier pour nous à trouver les moyens matériels et financière pour le faire.

Ou nous trouvons les moyens financiers et matériels pour organiser ses activités ?

Nous les membres COE-TOGO  nous faisons des cotisations individuelles. Nous faisons appel a tous les membres et les amis du COE de participer a cette cotisation. Si nous arrivons à avoir un peu d’argent nous allons faire encore d’autre programme  avec  les étudiants.

NB : Ses moments sont de magnifique moyen de toucher beaucoup d’homme.

Les nombres d’ambassadeur de paix augmentent au Togo et dans le monde.

 

 

Le travail est grand au Togo mais les ouvrier son peux. Moi et les membres  s’engage à aller et partager les messages de paix et a régler les conflits la où le besoin est.

Samuel AYIVI

COE Chapter Leader TOGO

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Are Our Children and Youth Living in Peace and Free of Fear in Our Region of North East India?

Peace Channel, in collaboration with the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Ministry of Culture, Government of India commemorated 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on 12th May 2012, at Great Commission Kids Academy,  Naga United Village Dimapur. While addressing, the gathering , Shri.Som Kamei I.P.S., Director (NEZCC) said that Gurudev. Rabindranath Tagore is still very much relevant to all of us.  In order to build peace and harmony we need to go beyond our narrow thinking of tribalism and nationalism etc., He exhorted the youth to dream big and our ideas should be more creative, unique, innovative and appealing to the public. He also said Gurudev, was a model for our youth today. He proved to the world that we can achieve many things if we are focused and properly guided. He was a scholar, educationist, freedom fighter, writer and painter and above all a humble man. His contribution to Indian Literature was immense, he added. He also thanked Peace Channel for organizing.

Rev.Fr. C.P.Anto, the director of Peace Channel in his key note address asked the participants, quoting Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s famous peom ” Where the Mind Is without Fear” do you think that  our children and youth in our region live in peace and free of fear?  When we compare how peaceful and free the children of other regions of India? What is that thing which deprives our children? He also explained the goal and objectives of the  programme. The goal of the commemoration was to ‘Enhance the awareness on the Contribution of Rabindranath Tagore and empower the youth to appreciate the role of literature and culture in Peace Building and Holistic Development’. The objectives were to Popularize the work of Tagore among the younger generation, enhance the love for literature and culture among the youth, to impart comprehensive information on Tagore and his contributions towards literature, culture and peace, to provide a platform for budding youngsters to showcase their talent in literary vocation. Based on these objectives, ‘Prophet for Peace- Literary & Cultural Conclave’  had various activities like, Literary Competitions on Recitation of Poem by Tagore’, Writing Poem on ‘Peace’ and  Speech Competition on ‘Rabindranath Tagore – as the Prophet of Peace’. Cultural Extravaganza and Peace Band Performance added colour to the event.

The winners of Speech competitions were Ms. Veibezeneuo from St.Paul, secured first position, james Manihru from Livingstone Hr.Sec.School won the second and Petevituo Kedissu from Assisi School got the third position. And then, Ms. Lithungbeni, from Godwin Hr.Sec.School, Sulivi S. Kala: HornBill and Sairing from St.Paul Hr.Sec.School secured first, second and third positions for poem writing competitions respectively. For Poem recitation Kihikali Zhimomi of Livingstone, Felicia of St.Clare and Lamhoi from St.Paul won the First, second and third prizes. Over 450 students from 22 schools participated in the event.

The other speakers were, Mr. Arthur Edwards, the Administrator, Livingstone Hr.Sec.School, Miss. Layse Farias, Student of University of Amsterdam, Holland, Mr. Bimal Ojha Asst. Teascher Pranab Vidyapith School, Mr. Akum Locality Peace leader,  Ms. Anamia Paul, St.Paul Hr.Sec. School. The day’s programme ended with a prayer by Rev.P.Dozo, the proprietor of the Great Commission Kids Academy.

Peace Channel Desk

 

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