Dozens of school children were really surprised when they came from unserved and remote backward areas of district Tharparkar to headquarter to attend an orientation for ‘Children Parliament’ whereat they got a chance to meet with diverse groups of children.
A Tharparkar based NGOs, Thar Education Alliance (TEA) is promoting peace through art and culture, STEM education, folk wisdom, and sports, and engaging upbringing cadre is the only way to continue their efforts for peacebuilding.
However, Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are. Gems from different schools and unsung stories can play a pivotal role, nurturing them for interfaith and making them more able for exchanging love is appreciated.
In addition, Education can play an important role in this process. Education not only leads to the possibility of better income and better health for people, but it can also be a tool for building inclusive and accepting communities and more peaceful and democratic nations.
Schools can be places to strengthen resilience and foster tolerance and understanding. In four Union Councils of tehsil Mithi and Diplo, 13 Government High Schools including 5 girls, 6 boys, and 2 Co-school, they are developing materials and training teachers to address social issues within the school environment.
This includes making sure that the values of understanding, tolerance, and peace are incorporated into the curriculum itself.
When approached to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Partab Shivani said Tharparkar is passing through a rapid transition phase, in a sense of development and infrastructure but regrettably to say values and attitudes are at stake.
Shivani shared that ‘Helen Keller said, the basic objective of the education is tolerance.’ and we are badly missing in today’s youth, it was a time there had been study circles, literary sittings, and book reading habits but so-called tech-era has devastated everything and youth used to avail short-cut and for that he does tactics, confront with other fellows, and violates fundamental rights of each other.
Keeping this limelight scenario in mind under this platform we have educated youth about the importance of human values and respect for each other without the discrimination of caste, creed, and color. Shivani said.
Shivani added, that though the project was piloted for seven months but have been extended due to COVID-19 and they are exploring other partners to keep it continue as more youth could get benefits.
These are not mere fifty youth but peace ambassador, they went towards every community and we are witnessed to see many Muslim friends organized events to celebrate Diwali and Christmas whereas many Hindus being part of Eid celebrations.