On September 5th, 2023, the Peace Channel, in collaboration with the North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR), embarked on a transformative journey by conducting a comprehensive Peer Mediation training program. This initiative signifies a bold step toward empowering youth in colleges and universities as peer mediators, uniquely equipped to address a diverse spectrum of issues within their academic communities.
The Christian Forum Dimapur (CFD) visited Manipur on a peace mission and relief to Meithei.
CFD in collaboration with the Assemblies of God, the All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO) also, offered their support to reach out to the three Meithei relief camps and one Kuki relief camp at Kangpokpi respectively covering over 350 families.
On 10th November, 2022 on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development, peer mediation camapign was launched at Peace Centre (North East Institute of Social Sciences & Research) Chümoukedima, Nagaland.
Addressing the students and faculty, Dr. Fr. C.P. Anto Paul, Principal, NEISSR emphasized on the need of peer mediation among the youths especially college students as it will help to address individual, classroom, as well as institutional issues. In Peer Mediation, the volunteers are trained to become peer mediators who resolve these issues/ conflict at individual, group, institution or community level especially issues related to mental health and substance abuse. He also stated that as Peer Mediation Forum is formed for the youths in schools, colleges, universities and localities, the trained peer mediators can play a crucial role in curbing the inflow and abuse of substance.
We are sharing this letter here from the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) because of its particular interest to our alumni in Mindanao and the Philippines and for all our alumni to see what is required for a transition from an armed conflict to peacefully resolved conditions. We especially encourage you to read the 12-point appeal that highlights the conditions for positive peace.
Dear Esteemed Brothers and Sisters in the BTA,
Peace and Blessings of God be upon you.
Alhamdullilah! We are indeed happier to see the top leaders of the MNLF [Moro National Liberation Front] and the MILF [Moro Islamic Liberation Front] in a unity meeting in the recent days. Those who led the revolution and fought for us are now given the opportunity to run our government in the BTA and other LGUs [Local Government Units]. In the same vein, we are glad to know the new composition of the BTA where the different revolutionary organizations are represented with other sectors coming from the IPs, Christian settlers, legal personalities, politicians, academe, etc. We are made to believe that this choice of the new membership of the BTA is anchored on the call for unity and inclusive development in the BARMM [Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao]. We will be more than happy to see solidarity in actions in the BTA.
Strong leadership, initiation of changes and bridging the gaps to help the public voice heard’, were the recurring ideas stressed on by the panelists during the consultative meet on “The Role of Civil Society in Peace Building” organized by Peace Channel in collaboration with NESRC and NEISSR on 27th August, 2022, at Peace Centre, 7th Mile St. Joseph Campus, Chümoukedima. Rev. Dr. Mazie Nakhro, Director, Bright Horizon, Chümoukedima, Ms. Doichong Phom, Ambassador of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Longleng District, and Social & Cultural Secretary, Eastern Naga Women Organization (ENWO) and Rev. Fr. Dr. Walter Fernandes, Director, North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC), Guwahati, Assam spoke on the various aspects of peacebuilding as the panelists. The discussion was moderated by Rev. Fr. Chacko Karinthayil, Director, Shalom Rehabilitation Centre, Chümoukedima.