Peace Club (PC) has launched ‘Peace in Nagaland 2015 Campaign’ at the club’s annual gathering held on December 10 at Holy Cross auditorium, Dimapur.
Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network advisor Athili Saprüna, while giving the key note address stressed on the rights of every individual and stated that every individual needed to be respected, cared and accepted they were all “special and equal”.
Also addressing the occasion, Rev. Dr. Robert Evans, director Plowshares Institute (USA) challenged the youth to be peace builders and live by their motto, acting as channels of peace. Stating that there was no road to peace but peace itself, he urged members to start working towards building peace by starting from within the family.
MLC University Shillong lecturer Toshinaro Longchar spoke on the role of youth in peace building. She said that young people carried energy because of their association with vitality, intelligence and creativity. She opined that some of the most effective changes have happened due to involvement of the youth. “We should not be separated by our pride, power, ethnic differences and gender but be united in equality and justice,” she said.
Others who spoke included Peace Club members Husheto, Yamakumba and Angela. They shared their experiences on changes and positive growth in them after they joined the movement.
Rev. Fr. C. P. Anto, director Peace Channel, in his closing remarks elaborated on the theme of the campaign, ‘Peace in Nagaland 2015’.
The campaign would include activities such as capacity building programs for youth leaders, teachers, associate members, religious leaders and professionals, peace club formation in institutions and localities of all the districts of Nagaland, peace channel music band tour to the localities, formation of People’s Forum for Peace, advocacy for peace education in educational institutions, research on traditional conflict transformation methods and networking with likeminded organizations and media houses.
The closing session was highlighted by entertainment programme presented by various schools. Christmas message was delivered by Rev. Fr. Mathew Thuniampral and speech by Dr. Imkongmeren, lecturer Nagaland University.