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Let us Talk Peace – In Design Mode . . .
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016


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Mandapasalai pilot peace intervention, Design and Budget plan meet.

In continuation with the inauguration of the peace centre at Mandapasalai, the programme planning meet was held at CSI Centre Chennai on 12th July 2016.
Rev Stalin Prabhakar and Mr. Augustin Ponraj from CSI-Diocese of Madurai Ramnad, Mr. Kasta Dip, Director India Peace Centre, Nagpur were involved in the planning meeting along with SEVA’s Director Rev. Asir Ebenezer, Mr. Prem Madhuker Coordinator SEVA and Mr. Prince David Project Executive
The purpose of this meeting was to prepare a plan of action and calibrate on roles and responsibilities of all the stakeholders. The focus was on preparing core objectives of the programme which were formulated based on Mudukulathur experience and the LCP orientation which was earlier conducted at Arupukottai. The following activities were planned and proposed to facilitate communal harmony and reduce tension in the identified areas.

An institution of social interaction . . . . .

• Enabling a forum to facilitate social interaction to minimise tension and facilitate inter-caste exchange.
• Skills training centre in tailoring and computer literacy where youth and women from all communities will be involved in collective learning engagements.
• A resource centre for youth with resource materials and facilities such as books, newspapers, magazines, journals and publications from a wide array of subjects, internet/WIFI and a video library will be in place and made accessible for youth of all communities for their persona development.

Community Owned Awareness Initiatives . . . . .

The second phase of peace intervention will take the concept of peaceful coexistence directly through the community, through awareness initiatives. Youth volunteers will play a lead role along with the peace committees in each of the six clusters where the project will be operational. The peace committee will constantly monitor and provide feedback and inputs on the awareness programmes and campaigns, Peace rallies, art exhibitions through school children, thematic street plays, inter caste dialogues will be a part of the proposed awareness interventions.

Proclaiming Peace . . . . .

It is hoped that the above activities and engagements with the people of Mandapasalai will help them to come together, analyst their own situations and work towards peaceful coexistence in the years to come.

Prince David
CSI-SEVA