Resource person, organizers and participants during the Training of Trainer’s (TOT) on Peace Building, Mediation and Dialogue for religious leaders on October 13 at NEISSR Conference Hall.
Dimapur, October 13 (MExN): Training of Trainer’s (TOT) on Peace Building, Mediation and Dialogue for religious leaders was conducted by Peace Channel in collaboration with North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) and People’s Forum for Peace (PFP) Dimapur on October 13 at NEISSR Conference Hall.
Dr Deben Baschaspatimayum, Asst Professor, NEISSR and Peace Skills Trainer who was the resource person, stressed on the socio-political and legal context at global, regional, national and local levels within which dialogue facilitation and mediation works need to be located.
He also mentioned international and national issues which were solved through mediation and dialogue process.
Dr Deben later initiated a brainstorming exercise and shared number of core values and characteristic of mediation based on local experiences of violent conflicts within the Naga society. He emphasized on having a clear knowledge of common goals, truth seeking, being neutral, having the knowledge of cultural world views, analytical skills,non-judgmental, patience, selfless service, awareness, good listener, tolerance and respect for other religion, stopping violence, seeking mutually beneficial agreement and liberated.
Dr Fr CP Anto, Director, Peace Channel in his key note address, congratulated all the religious leaders for their tireless contribution towards the society for a peaceful society.
He expressed that the seminar for the leaders is a felt need. The Director also stressed on the multi cultural co-existence in the society as an asset.
He questioned the role of religious and community leaders towards peace building and way forward to build a peaceful society. Later, he pondered on how to make the dream of making a peaceful society a reality.
He encouraged all the religious leaders to take a step forward to the society to bring people together, train them for dialogue and meditation in order to promote peace, by intervening in times of conflict through peaceful means and prevent further conflict.
An open discussion after the session was also held where the religious leaders from different religion shared about their understanding on peace and skills needed for dialogue and mediation to solve conflicting issues.