ARK Foundation and WTPA collaborate to empower communities

Officials and participants during the training held at Conference Hall, LCS Building, Kohima from June 15 to 17.

Officials and participants during the training held at Conference Hall, LCS Building, Kohima from June 15 to 17.

Kohima, June 20 (MExN): We, The People Abhiyan (WTPA), and Access to Rights and Knowledge (ARK) Foundation have partnered for a transformative three-day training programme aimed at building the capacity of participants working on social issues in Nagaland. 

“With a shared mission to promote constitutional values and create a just and equitable society, these two organizations are committed to empowering individuals and communities to bring about positive change,” Ketho Angami, President, ARK Foundation and Swati Poddar, Head- Awareness & Visibility, WTPA stated in a joint press release. 

The training was held at the Conference Hall, LCS Building, Kohima, Nagaland, from June 15 to 17. The participants comprised of law students, educationists, youth leaders, representatives of social science and social and developmental organizations, and healthcare workers.

Sana Siddiqui, Head Capacity Building Programme, WTPA said, “The vibrant and diverse participation from individuals across various professions and backgrounds was truly captivating to witness. It was a delight to engage with such an eclectic group, exchanging thoughts and ideas regarding constitutional values added a unique dimension to the training experience.”

During the three-day training, participants were made to explore the constitutional framework and its relevance to their thematic work areas and daily lives, and how they can make a direct impact using the Constitution. The programme aimed to foster a comprehensive understanding of constitutional values and encourage participants to critically examine their own mindsets and opinions in alignment with these values. 

It also impressed upon the participants to identify grassroots-level issues and develop effective strategies for addressing them promptly. Furthermore, participants were trained on opportunities to document impactful stories from their communities, highlighting the positive change brought about by their initiatives.

Ketho Angami, Founder, ARK Foundation said, “Participants will undoubtedly benefit from the knowledge and skills they acquired. Building on this positive experience, we will also look upon considering future plans for larger and more extensive programs that extend beyond Kohima, aiming to reach an even wider audience with valuable learning opportunities.”

The training by We, The People Abhiyan employs a highly interactive and experiential approach to maximize participant engagement and knowledge gain. Through group discussions, case studies, and practical exercises, participants were encouraged to relate the Constitutional framework to their everyday lives and explore their roles as responsible and active citizens, it stated.