A weeklong workshop on ‘Tools for Change - Learning To Be Peacemakers’ concluded on Saturday in Caux, Switzerland, the International Headquarters of Initiatives of Change.
A six member team from Nagaland also attended the conference. They included the President of the Naga Hoho, Keviletuo Kiewho, General Secretary P. Chuba Ozukum, Educationist Nyamto Konyak, Social Worker N. Diswang Hau, Director ‘Youth Net’ Hekani Jakhalu, and journalist Bano Haralu.
Over 350 participants from five continents attended the conference. They included amongst others young European Muslims facing discrimination in a new world after the events of 9/11, exiled Somalians who cannot go back to their strife torn country, young Lebanese men searching for answers to address the Arab, Palestine and Jew problems.
According to journalist Bano Haralu, in a world marked by strife conflict and killings there are some who are trying to make a change in the way they know best. Mention may be made that Initiatives of Change is a diverse, global network that builds trust across the world’s divide.
It works for peace, reconciliation and human security worldwide. It is active in over 60 countries, comprising people of many cultures, beliefs and backgrounds committed to transforming society through changes in individuals and relationships, starting in their own lives.
The subject of the conference was a concept initiated by ‘Initiatives of Change International’ where participants were challenged to experience personal development and capacity building. The tools taught helped them to explore methodologies for change based on the enduring ethical and spiritual values at the heart of the great faith traditions and to enable individuals and teams to build bridges of trust in their home and communities.
A highlight of the journey of a Peacemaker was the personaé story of Ginn Fourie. Ginn Fourie, a South African suffered the death of her daughter who was killed in a Cape Town tavern massacre during the time of Apartheid. She later forgave the liberation army commander who ordered the attack and now works with him for reconciliation and to create a community.
Caux opened its doors to the world as an international conference centre for Initiatives of Change. 60 years on, Caux assembly draws between 1400 and 2000 people of all walks of life to be part of a continuous series of conferences dealing with specific subjects. It is at Caux that many of the Initiatives of Change programmes are developed.